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Hannah Storm returns to work three weeks after burn accident

January 01, 2013|By Dan Loumena
  • ESPN anchor Hannah Storm with husband and broadcaster Dan Hicks in 2008.
ESPN anchor Hannah Storm with husband and broadcaster Dan Hicks in 2008. (Stephen Lovekin / Getty…)

Hannah Storm, one of ESPN's morning anchors, returned to work Tuesday, three weeks after a serious burn accident, by helping host coverage of the Rose Parade in Pasadena.

Storm was burned when a propane barbecue she was using at her home in Connecticut sent a wall of fire toward her after she tried to relight the burner.

"It was like you see in a movie, it happened in a split-second," she said. "A neighbor said he thought a tree had fallen through the roof, it was that loud. It blew the doors off the grill."

Storm, whose left hand is still bandaged, said she will be nervous during the parade coverage.

"I'm a little nervous about things I used to take for granted," said Storm, who mentioned viewers might notice a difference in her hair texture since she'll be wearing extensions. "Little things like putting on makeup and even turning pages on my script."

Storm said she spent 24 hours receiving treatment at a trauma and burn center.

"I didn't see my face until the next day and you wonder how it's going to look," she said. "I was pretty shocked. But my overarching thought was I've covered events with military members who have been through a lot worse than me, and they've come through. I kept thinking, 'I can do this. I'm fortunate.' "

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