[UPDATE] Local Woman Escapes Early Morning House Fire Through Window [SLIDE SHOW]

By: Tallahassee Fire Department; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Tallahassee Fire Department; Lanetra Bennett Email

Updated by: Lanetra Bennett
February 6, 2013

Leon County, FL - Firefighters say an electric blanket is to blame for a fire that tore through a Leon County home Tuesday morning.

Firefighters say the blanket was draped over a kennel to keep the homeowner's cat warm; which was sitting on top of a cardboard box inside of the garage.

Firefighters say the blanket got hot enough to catch the box on fire. They say the fire then spread to a nearby can of gasoline.

Firefighters say the fire spread quickly into the attic.

The homeowner escaped the fire by jumping out of her dining room window. But, of Tuesday afternoon, she could not find her cat.


By: Lanetra Bennett
February 5, 2013

Leon County, FL - A Leon County woman trying to escape her burning home had to jump out of her dining room window to safety.

LT Mike Bellamy with the Tallahassee Fire Department says, "She probably would not have made it out of that home without that smoke detector."

The homeowner of 3819 Yellow Lane says she was asleep on her couch when her smoke alarm woke her up just after 3:00 Tuesday morning.

She says, "I looked down the hall and I noticed there was this smoke coming at me. So, I decided well, I'm going to go out the garage door. i opened the garage door and there was just all kind of black smoke and fire coming into the kitchen from the garage. At that moment, that's when I realized that I had to forget that plan and just try to save my life."

The homeowner says she then tried to come out of the front door. But, she has the type of dead bolt locks that you have to have the keys to unlock it from the inside. She could not find the keys. So, she came to this side window, and jumped out to safety.

"Forget the keys, forget the phone, forget everything else; just get out of the house; and that's what I did." She says.

The woman went next door where they called 911.

The neighbor had to give the woman shoes and a coat to wear. Her car is charred and unrecognizable inside of the garage.

By early afternoon, she had not found her cat. But, the woman says despite it all, she's happy to be alive.

Firefighters say the fire started in the garage. The cause is still under investigation.


Tallahassee Fire Department Release

February 5, 2013

The Tallahassee Fire Department responded to a house fire located in the 8300 Block of Yellow Lane. The resident was alerted by a smoke alarm at around 3:21 a.m. and called 9-1-1. She escaped through a window after she was unable to unlock her front door. When firefighters from Station 12 arrived, they encountered heavy fire in the garage and attic of a single story, wood frame house. Fire crews extinguished the fire and searched the home for victims. No injuries were reported at the scene and damages from the fire were estimated at $80,000. The Red Cross was called out to assist the lone resident. TFD was assisted on scene by LCSO and Chaires-Capitola Volunteer Firefighters. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Tallahassee Fire Department.


By: Lanetra Bennett
February 5, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - The Tallahassee Fire Department says the homeowner at 8319 Yellow Lane was sleep when she heard the smoke detector around 3:21 this morning (Tuesday.)

Firefighters say the woman checked the garage, saw heavy smoke, and then she escaped through a rear window.

When firefighters arrived, they say they found the garage heavily involved in fire. They say the fire also extended into the attic.

Firefighters say they were able to control the fire within 15 minutes.

Damage is estimated at about $80,000.

The woman was not injured, however, she is receiving assistance from the Red Cross.

She was the only one in the home.

Firefighters say they are working to determine the source and cause of the fire.


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