As a result, the firefighter received serious burns all over his body. Indeed, he was in such a bad way that his colleagues didn’t even believe he would pull through. However, although he survived, the damage that the fire had done to his face was shocking.
In the extreme heat of the blaze, Hardison’s oxygen mask had melted onto his face, destroying his features. And, from that moment, he became completely unrecognizable, even to his kids.
“I mean, I left home one day a normal dad, leaving to go to work and just like that everything changed drastically,” explained Hardison in an interview with ABC News. “My kids were scared to death of me. You can’t blame them. They’re young kids.”