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Caught on camera: Writer/actor runs past firefighters to save computer with life’s work

While New Orleans firefighters poured water into his apartment building during a three-alarm fire yesterday (Thursday), Gideon Hodge ran past them to get his computer. His mission was successful but not without some risk and a bit of scorn from firefighters.

Emily Lane,

When Gideon Hodge ran into his Broadmoor apartment Thursday (Sept. 15) as firefighters worked to put out flames, he ignored good sense, he said, and the men in firefighter gear who yelled, “You can’t go in there.”

He was scared, said Hodge, a New Orleans actor and writer, but not about getting hurt in the fire. He went right for the item he could not let get destroyed in the front living room of his bottom-floor unit and emerged from the smoking fourplex carrying a navy gym bag. Inside the bag was his laptop.

“It’s pretty much my life’s work,” said Hodge, 35. Hodge writes novels, poems and screenplays. And he doesn’t have a backup of his computer’s hard drive. 

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