Published December 10. 2013 6:00AM Updated December 10. 2013 6:38AM
Stamford (AP) — A Stamford homeowner credits a bird for saving his life as his house exploded.
Giuseppe Cardillo tells the Hearst Connecticut Media Group that just after he lit a cigarette the day of the explosion on Sept. 17 a cardinal flew about a foot over his head and landed near a bush.
Still holding the cigarette, he went to get a better look at the bird and walked about 20 feet when he heard a tremendous boom. The next thing he remembers is seeing firefighters with smoldering pieces of his house all around him.
A large part of his roof landed right where he was having his sandwich next to the pool, he said.
"I should be dead," Cardillo said.
Fire investigators are still trying to determine the cause.