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Columbus man trying to cope after losing everything in a house fire

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A Columbus man is trying to cope after losing everything in a house fire early Friday morning.

Larry Martin's home was built in the 1930s and the house he lived over 10 years gone in minutes.

"I had pretty much just dozed off and I thought I'd smelled smoke and I got up and I didn't see anything," Martin said.

He told News Leader 9 he checked his house, looked out the windows and even opened the door to look at his neighbors houses.  He couldn't see anything so he went back to sleep but the smell of smoke woke him up again.

"When I came outside, I couldn't see any flames at all anywhere and within probably three or four minutes the place was just blazing. The flames shot through the roof."

Martin ran into the house a couple of times going for keepsakes, like an old roll top desk full of important documents. He also went for some family pictures he wants to pass down to his son.

"It wasn't really the desk so much but it had all my important stuff. My birth certificate, my passport, and the title to mu car, and quite a few family pictures," said Martin.

Martin's home can also be made into a duplex. He was making repairs to the rental side when he took batteries out of a beeping smoke detector and forgot to replace them.

"I just took the battery out of it and then completely forgot, completely forgot all about it. So if I hadn't been able to wake up on my own, I would not have had any warning."

The cause of the fire is still unknown and fortunately no one was injured. For now Martin is getting help from the Red Cross.  He says he does have insurance and he'll be just fine.

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