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Firefighter Moved to Tears After Man's Bible Survives House Fire: 'It Was a Miracle'


An Alabama family is recovering after a devastating house fire destroyed everything in the home, except for the family’s Bible.

Veteran and father Scot Byrd said his grandfather’s Bible was the only item to survive the fire that tore through their home in Bon Secour, Alabama.

On Jan. 8, Byrd and his wife went to church while his two daughters, Shelby and Ashton, attended a birthday party.

When the family came home, they found their house in ruins.

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In an instant, the Byrd family became homeless. Their personal possessions had been destroyed.

But Byrd said that his grandfather’s Bible remained completely intact, which he believes is a sign from God that everything will be OK.

According to Byrd, a fireman found the Bible on top of a heap of rubble, almost as if it had been placed there on purpose.

“The fireman actually came out (of the home) with tears in his eyes and he said, ‘you’re not going to believe this, you’ve gotta come see it for yourself,'” Byrd told WALA-TV.

“This Bible did not have one scorch mark on it.”

The house fire is not the first devastating circumstance the Byrd family has faced.

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In 2014, Byrd’s daughter Shelby was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia.

Shelby was not expected to recover, but today, her cancer is in remission.

The family has since found temporary housing while they look to rebuild their home later this year.

They are thankful for the help they’ve received from community members who want to see this family get back on their feet.

“We want to Thank everyone for helping us begin to recover from the fire,” the Byrd family wrote on their Facebook page, Prayers for Shelby Byrd.

“It has been heartbreaking realizing the loss of pictures and precious memories but our family survived.”

The children are handling the situation differently than most kids might, with a perspective that comes after a battle with cancer.

“The girls do not understand the weight of the situation except new clothes and toys,” the Byrd family said. “When you are seven and just beat Cancer that’s all good.”

Scot Byrd says his family will persevere, trusting that God has everything under control.

“We don’t give up,” Byrd said.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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