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LR Man Uses Unnatural Strength in Time of Need

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- On Sunday night, a fire tore through a home in the Capital City. Mark Sheard was home when flames engulfed his couch and quickly spread through his house.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- On Sunday night, a fire tore through a home in the Capital City. Mark Sheard was home when flames engulfed his couch and quickly spread through his house.

"It happened real quick," Sheard said. "Maybe within 10 seconds, it just went up, and at that point it singed me, and I knew it, I had to get out. Gotta go right now."

But in that moment of fear, Sheard gained uncommon strength.

"You go back to your instinct, you get out, and you worry about materialism later," he said.

He knew he had to get his young son out of the house, but because of the flame, he couldn't get to the front door, and the windows had bars on them.

"I had to yank out the security bars, and I said, 'Thank God.' You'd be surprised what you can do when you have to do it," he said. "I basically had to throw him out the window"

Despite the damage to his house and a few small injuries, Sheard knew he couldn't have tackled Sunday's struggles without a higher help.

"There's not a question it was grace and mercy, it wasn't luck, I don't believe in luck, I believe blessings," he said. "It was just the grace of God."

Sheard did lose two 10-week old puppies in the fire.

The Little Rock Fire Department estimated the damage to be around $30,000.

Wednesday Sheard said he will have insurance adjusters assess the damage.

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