A Henry County Sheriff’s Department deputy helped evacuate a family, including a man on oxygen, from a fire at their home Wednesday night southeast of Paris.

Sheriff’s Cpl. Gary Carroll said in his report that he responded about 6:45 p.m. to a 911 call at the home of David Jones at 3180 Old McKenzie Highway.

Dispatchers told Carroll lightning had struck the shed, which was a few feet away from the bedroom of a man on oxygen who could not get up.

When Carroll arrived, he found a shed a few feet from the home engulfed in flames. He went inside and helped evacuate two young boys and an adult woman, placing them in the back of his patrol car for safety.

He then ran back inside to Jones’ bedroom, where he found fire coming through the bedroom window. He then pulled Jones to the front door, where he was taken by firefighters to a waiting ambulance.

Carroll said the home received smoke and water damage on one side.

The Henry Volunteer Fire Department and the Paris Fire Department responded to the scene.

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