by Jim Boyle Editor
A Zimmerman family is starting over after a fire claimed their home at 11605 261st Ave. N.W.
Billy Sanderson was rocking his teething son upstairs one night last week when he smelled smoke. He went downstairs and discovered the room where he had been reading a Bible and preparing for a conference had filled with flames and smoke.
“It felt like all the oxygen was sucked out of my body,” Sanderson said.
The 37-year-old youth pastor bolted back upstairs to grab his son, Levi, wrapped him in his blanket and headed back downstairs. By then the flames and smoke were blocking his path to the front door.
“I squeezed him as close to my chest as I could and ran through the flames and smoke,” Sanderson said.
He hopped into his truck and backed down the driveway to call 911.
Zimmerman firefighters were at the station for training when the call came in 8:45 p.m. on Feb. 15. They arrived within minutes to find fire shooting out of two windows.