Father talks about night he rescued son from burning home in Cedar Hills

Posted at 10:37 PM, Jul 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-20 00:40:10-04

CEDAR HILLS, Utah -- A raging fire awoke the Kelly family just after midnight last Friday.

“We did the head count and came up short and that’s when your stomach sinks,” said father Spencer Kelly.

It wasn't a second after his stomach sank that Spencer Kelly ran back inside his burning home.

“When it boils down, it’s your son. You do real quick math and you just go,” Spencer Kelly said.

Surrounded by smoke and flames, Spencer Kelly crawled up the stairs to his son, Connor's room.

“I grabbed on to a foot or arm or something. I don’t know what it was. Just grabbed it and jumped down the stairs,” Spencer Kelly said.

In tears, Spencer Kelly’s wife Shannon describes the moment she saw her husband and son come out of their burning home.

“To see him bring him out of our house and know that they were both alive is an overwhelming feeling of gratitude,” Shannon Kelly said.

Spencer and Connor Kelly are both still recovering from painful second-degree burns.

“It was touching to be riding up in the ambulance with him, next to him and having him put his little hand on you and check on you,” Spencer Kelly said.

But they're alive and that's all that matters.

“Knowing that we can still be a family. Knowing that we’re still all together nothing else matters. Just so grateful,” Shannon Kelly said.

The Kellys say they are incredibly grateful for all the generosity they've received from family, friends and complete strangers. A Go Fund Me page has already raised more than $20,000.