Shawnee house fire injures 2 - KCTV5

Man jumps to safety from burning Shawnee home

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SHAWNEE, KS (KCTV) -

A man was injured after he jumped from the second story of a burning home.

Neighbors said that man was visiting from Pennsylvania. He and his wife were at her parents' house in Shawnee.

"The panic sets in, especially if it's unfamiliar surroundings, not knowing what to do," Shawnee Fire Marshal Capt. Corey Sands said.

The fire was reported at about 7 p.m. Tuesday near 61st Street and Melrose Lane.

The homeowners, in their 70s, made it out safely. But their daughter and her husband, both in their 50s, were trapped upstairs.

Sands said smoke filled the house. Because the windows were nailed shut, the man had to use an ottoman to break the glass.

"It was probably about a 15-foot fall," Sands said.

Firefighters rescued the woman then saw the man on the concrete. The man broke his jaw and suffered cuts, but it could have been much worse.

"It's always great to have working smoke alarms. That is one thing that we're going to be looking at. If smoke alarms were working at the time, why did these people not have time enough to get out?" Sands said.

Sands said they've found one working smoke detector, so far, on the main floor.

However, it looks like this fire started in the basement, Sands said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

KCTV5's Micah Bray and Dwain Crispell contributed to this report.

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