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Devoted gamer runs back into burning house to save his Xbox

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“Hold onto what matters most” are words of wisdom that most people strive to live by, perhaps none more so than an Olathe, Kan. man who on Friday morning risked a fiery death by charging into his burning house to save a beloved Xbox. (The exact model is unknown.)

Thankfully, both console and human survived, the latter suffering from smoke inhalation. Still, a little cough is nothing compared to a berth on Reddit’s r/DarwinAwards, which he would certainly have earned by dying in the inferno. Paramedics gave him an all-clear at the scene. 

Somehow, carrying video game equipment out of a conflagration doesn’t seem as crazy as making it to safety and then, fueled by the same adrenaline that makes for a hot streak in Halo, deciding to salvage your favorite gadget at all costs. We’re guessing it had sentimental value.   

The fire caused $80,000 in damages, but you can’t put a price on preserving your progress in Call of Duty. In a strange twist, the disaster was blamed on an electrical junction box, which makes us wonder if the Xbox wasn’t partly to blame. Was it a suicidal act, or simple betrayal? Difficult to say, as is the matter of where exactly he plans to plug the device in now.

H/T ABC | Photo by Nick Sinclair/Flickr