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Some see 'Jesus' in smoke of California fire

A cellphone camera at a Fresno fire recorded what some described as "Jesus in the smoke."

By Ben Hooper

FRESNO, Calif., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Some California residents said a shape in the smoke above a house fire may indicate the home's occupants were being watched over by Jesus Christ.

The image, recorded in a cellphone video taken by a witness during the Saturday fire in Fresno, appears in the smoke above the duplex just before a man is seen carrying another man out of the building.

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Some residents said the smoke looks like Jesus Christ.

"You see Jesus in the smoke, and then the person gets saved. That's, that's right there not a coincidence," Wyatt Forker, who viewed the cellphone video, told KSEE-TV.

Monsignor Raymond Dreiling with the Catholic Diocese of Fresno said he is not sure if the shape of the smoke is a coincidence or a sign from above.

"Is that God speaking to us? In a specific way, no. But, for people of faith, we can say, this is a hint for us," Dreiling said.

Dreiling said he does believe there was a divine presence during the fire.

"But for me, the true face of God, the true image of God, was the man carrying his neighbor out on his shoulders."

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