Fresnans are reacting to an image than can be seen with a close eye, out of a plume of smoke from a fire where a man was saved on Saturday. A woman witnessed the fire at the duplex near Cedar and Dakota and shot a video from her cell phone that shows the flames, and a Good Samaritan rescuing a man from the burning unit.
That woman screamed about a minute into her video, “No, there’s a man inside!”
Almost at the same moment, a familiar image to many, seems to pop up from the grey smoke.
“It’s Jesus!” said Wyatt Forker, who lives just down the street from the duplex.
Wyatt and his brother Dillon live just down the street. They said they witnessed the fire on Saturday and noticed the plume of smoke above them.
Dillon said, “I was coming from McDonalds and I seen all this smoke and it was big!”
Saturday’s smoke has since cleared, but today the Forker brothers saw that cell phone video that shows the image of a face in the smoke.
“You see Jesus in the smoke, and then the person gets saved. That’s, that’s right there not a coincidence,” said Wyatt.
But Monsignor Raymond Dreiling with the Catholic Diocese of Fresno said the image may be, just that. A coincidence. But, Dreiling said, perhaps also a sign.
“Is that God speaking to us? In a specific way, no. But, for people of faith, we can say, this is a hint for us,” said Dreiling.
Dreiling said he does believe God was watching over the scene, “But for me, the true face of God, the true image of God, was the man carrying his neighbor out on his shoulders.”
The Fresno Fire Department said not a single soul was injured in the fire. Public information officer Koby Johns said on Wednesday that the cause is still under investigation.
Johns said, “The odds are dead set against you if you try to go into a burning structure, whether there’s fire or if it’s just smoke. The smoke is what’s gonna get you before the fire.”
Johns and Dreiling said no matter what image in the smoke that people may or may not see, the sight of one man saving another, is undeniable.
“That’s the lesson, the most profound lesson we take from this,” said Dreiling.
(via Your Central Valley)