Family of 5 escapes burning home; one jumps to safety

Family escapes burning home

WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. (KFVS) - A family of five escaped from a burning home early Thursday morning, May 16.

Multiple fire crews were called around 4:47 a.m. to a home on Gipson Ln., in West Frankfort, Illinois.

When crews arrived, large flames and heavy smoke could be seen coming out of the single family home.

According to family members, the family was made up of two parents, one 17 year old boy, and a young pair of twin boys.

Apparently, the father went to wake his eldest son upstairs. When he got to him, there was too much smoke to go back down, trapping them on the roof.

According to the family and West Frankfort Fire Department, the eldest son member jumped from the roof-line of the home, got a ladder and helped his father down the ladder to escape from the flames.

The father said he couldn’t jump due to a recent heart surgery.

Fire crews said one person was treated for smoke inhalation, but, thankfully, there were no other injuries.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

The Illinois State Fire Marshal has been called into investigate.

A family member reportedly smelled smoke and alerted the rest of the family about the fire.

Fire crews said the home has extensive damage and is a possible total loss. The family says they have barely any possessions left.

The American Red Cross is assisting the family.

Anyone wishing to help the fire victims can drop-off donations at 107 N. Adams St. in Orient, Ill.

Crews from the Benton and Zeigler Fire Department provided mutual aid.

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