Blind man escapes massive house fire

AMELIA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Two people are lucky to be alive after a fire broke out at their home in Virginia. Both people made it out safely, including one man who was blind.

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“What makes it remarkable is that my dad is blind,” explained Rodger Delp, the son of the homeowner. “I don’t know if it was helpful because he’s used to moving around without being able to see, but certainly miraculous.”

Delp’s father escaped his burning home with just minutes to spare.

“He felt an intense amount of heat on his face once he opened the front door,” Delp said. “He retreated back into the house, grabbed his phone and attempted to call 911.”

According to Delp, his father was in a state of confusion and a house went up in flames. His son says his father described calling for help, “not easy.”

“When that failed, he realized he needed to get out of the house immediately,” Delp said.

Family members say they can’t quite understand how he miraculously made his way through the burning home.

“He continues to the back and gets down the stairs and in the backyard,” Delp said.

Neighbors came to his aid in the nick of time.

“The neighbors noticed that the house was in flames,” Delp explained. “They were able to come and talk to my dad and get him over to their house.”

The house may be a complete loss, but Roger Delp says he’s thankful his dad is still alive.


The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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