Family of five jumps from second floor window to escape house fire
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - A family of five is safe after jumping to safety from a second-floor window when their home caught fire Friday morning in south Toledo.
Toledo Fire & Rescue received the call around 4:20 a.m. for the fire in the 400 block of Spencer St. When firefighters arrived, the father confirmed his family -- two adults and three children -- were all out of the house.
Initial reports indicate the adult family members woke up to heavy black smoke on the second floor of their home. The father jumped from a second-floor bedroom window, and the mother dropped two children to the ground before she was forced out due to heavy smoke.
The father grabbed a ladder and reentered the house through the second-story bedroom window and found the third child. Both exited through the window.
The family was evaluated on the scene and taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. There were no reports of firefighter injuries.
According to Toledo Fire & Rescue, the home did not have working smoke detectors.
“Although we are happy to report that this family of five were able to escape, this fire with non-life-threatening injuries this incident could have turned out much differently if the mother and father had not been [awakened] by the presence of smoke,” TFRD said in a press release. “Most often in fires such as this one, unless alerted by working smoke detectors, the outcome is fatal as smoke inhalation is often the cause of death. Early detection and the audio alarm from smoke detectors gives occupants an audible warning that can and has saved lives.”
The cause is still under investigation.
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