Man credits daughter's phone call with saving his life

(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - An Orange Mound home was destroyed by Saturday's storm, but the homeowner credits his daughter with saving his life.

T.W. Ruben was shocked to see what happened when he returned after the storms passed through Memphis.

"It dawned on me, I said, 'Wait a minute. What is that? This can't be my house," he recalled.

From the outside of the house, nothing looked out of the ordinary. Inside, though, Ruben's home was clearly destroyed.

"Apparently the tree next door fell and hit the main power line," Ruben said.

The pole that was connected to the power line then fell over onto Ruben's fuse box, which sparked a fire that destroyed almost everything inside.

In his living room, Ruben discovered a few cherished photos that were saved from the fire.

"My daughter called. She said, 'Dad, come over. Stay on over with me," Ruben said, crediting his daughter for saving his life. Without the call, he worries he would have been asleep and caught off guard.

Neighbors weren't sure whether Ruben was home when they saw the flames.

"They banged on the door and kicked the door in," he said. "Neighbors, I love all of y'all."

Ruben plans to meet with his insurance company soon to find out whether the home can be saved.

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