Two men jump to safety after east Kansas City duplex fire - KCTV5

Two men jump to safety after east Kansas City duplex fire

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A neighbor woke up when he heard the fire near East 44th Street and Montgall Avenue.  "I woke up to it. I heard wood popping," Melvin Witt said. A neighbor woke up when he heard the fire near East 44th Street and Montgall Avenue. "I woke up to it. I heard wood popping," Melvin Witt said.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Two men had to jump to safety after an early morning duplex fire on the city's east side.

Witnesses said they dangled from a second-story window and jumped to the ground.

Earl Cobbins, the duplex owner, says the men are out of the hospital and will be OK.

A neighbor woke up when he heard the fire near East 44th Street and Montgall Avenue.

"I woke up to it. I heard wood popping," Melvin Witt said.

Firefighters got the call about 12:30 a.m. Monday. They had to rescue another man using a ladder on the backside of the home. He is also expected to be OK.

In all, five men lived at the duplex. 

"Our main concern was that the guys that lived here were OK. They are doing fine. We just thank God," Cobbins said.

The duplex owner said it looks like the fire started near the front of the building.

Firefighters are working to find the exact cause and estimating the amount of damage. Cobbins hopes to rebuild.

The Salvation Army is providing temporary housing. 

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