Novelist Runs Into Burning House To Save Laptop (Photo)

| by Sheena Vasani
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At first glance, it appeared as if the man rushing into his burning New Orleans, Louisiana, house might be trying to save a family member or beloved pet.

However, to the shock of the firefighters yelling at him to stop, 35-year-old Gideon Hodge was running back from work to retrieve his laptop, the Daily Mail reports.

Hodge, a playwright, novelist and actor, explains he had the only two copies of novels he had written saved on that laptop.

"Anybody that’s ever created art, there’s no replacing that," said Hodge. "It’s got pretty much my life’s work."

"Despite my better sense, I just ran inside and grabbed it," he added. "I didn’t think to be scared."

Luckily, Hodge managed to save his laptop.

However, it's unclear what condition the rest of his house is in.

Authorities believe the fire, which took 67 firefighters to fight and also destroyed property elsewhere, started in an empty nearby home.

Nobody has reported any injuries.

Unfortunately, it's one of the same New Orleans streets hit hard by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It is still being rebuilt.

The Advocate reports that the hurricane may have even played a role in this fire.

Mareike Budo, 40, says neighbors had complained constantly about the vacant home that allegedly started the fire, but very little work was ever done on it.

"It's just a steady reminder of disaster," Budo said. "Basically, everybody had the thought something bad was going to happen, not to this extent, but something bad."

Derrick Todd, 62, said he had lost most of what he'd owned to the 2005 storm and feared the consequences of this new disaster.

"I'm just hoping I don't get an earthquake, too," Todd said. "Then we're done."

Local resident Edderin Williams, 38, said he only managed to save his wallet and keys before running out of his apartment. He does not have any renter's insurance.

“I just don’t know how I feel right now,” he said. “I’m just gonna have to pick up the pieces and move on.”

Sources: Daily MailThe Advocate / Photo credit: Harvest/Wikimedia CommonsGideon Hodge/Twitter

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