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January 28, 2004

Calhoun County- With the temperature in the 30's, 66-year-old Jimmy Lewis was trying to keep his home warm.

But it may have been the four space heaters, two toaster ovens or even the propane tanks that helped start the fire that's left his home a mere skeleton of what it used to be. It was around 11:30 a.m. when neighbors saw the fire.

"I was at home and I came down the hill as I heard the fire trucks," said Ladon McCray, who saw the fire.

Two men pulled Jimmy from his burning home.

"Got him out on the porch and wrapped up and a few minutes later the truck came," McCray said.

Those who saw Jimmy pulled from the flames were witness to his painful burns.

"I was able to see his burns," he said. "Red meat. Because the burn went all the way down to the red meat."

Authorities aren't sure what started the blaze, but said one of the many fire hazards was likely the cause. Jimmy was rushed to Calhoun Memorial Hospital where he was airlifted to the Augusta Burn Center.

posted at 10:10 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com