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Woman rescued from east Kansas City house fire

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Jane Bowles' back porch burst into flames, trapping her on the top floor of her home. Jane Bowles' back porch burst into flames, trapping her on the top floor of her home.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A woman is calling her neighbor and firefighters heroes after they rescued her from her burning home.

The fire started about 6 a.m. at East 41st and Charlotte streets on the city's east side.

Jane Bowles' back porch burst into flames, trapping her on the top floor of her home.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found her clinging to the tiny ledge of her bedroom window on the side of her home.

"It was happening so quickly, and I started not being able to breathe very well. I knew that I had to get out," Bowles said.

She said she was just minutes away from jumping down to try and escape before firefighters arrived.

Her porch burst into flames, trapping Bowles on the top floor of her home.

"We tried to come down the steps, but the smoke was, it was too much. I was able to crawl out my bedroom window," she said.

Bowles said without her neighbor's help she could have slept through the fire. Her neighbor woke her and called 911.

"The only thing I heard was Kathryn's voice, and then I heard the crackling," Bowles said.

Firefighters used a ladder to rescue Bowles.

"I thank God that I'm alive and that they got here as quickly as they did, because just in a snap it happens," she said.

Bowles walked away, thankful to be alive, yet heartbroken. She lost a dog and a cat in the fire.

"This story could have been much different, much different if we had not had the quick response," Battalion Chief James Garrett said.

Firefighters got the call and arrived in just three minutes.

"Always a great day when you can help another person reunite with their family," Garrett said.

Firefighters say the home did not have working smoke detectors. They give them away for free by calling 816-784-9200.

One firefighter was hurt when either the flames or smoke irritated his eyes. Investigators are currently looking into what caused the fire.

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