Passersby Help Family Escape Burning Home Through Window

  • 5/8/2019 3:38:28 PM
  • Jenna Ramolt
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - A family escaped their burning home on West First Street Wednesday afternoon partly in thanks to two passersby who helped them climb to safety through the window.

According to Assistant Chief Mark Sieving of the Mansfield Fire Department, the 911 call came in shortly after 2:00 Wednesday afternoon. They had received word that the occupants were trapped inside.

"I tried to go through the front door but I couldn't get through the flames, so I ran around to the back with them," said Adrian Morris. Morris had been near the Mulberry and Glessner intersection when he heard the occupants calling for help.

Delvin Brock Jr. also rushed to the home and lent a hand. The experience was especially strange to him, he said, because he had just met a young man who lived there a few days before. "Man I met this guy a couple of days ago... I stopped him and started talking to him and he gave me a couple of cigarrettes so it was shocking to see that it was his house 'cause i just met him a couple of days ago," said Brock Jr.

Once firefighters arrived on scene, almost all occupants were out of the house. They managed to contain the fire relatively quickly and saved a cat that had still been trapped inside.

"We got a lot of smoke inside the structure, some heat, but as far as fire, right here on the front porch." said Assistant Chief Sieving.

The Mansfield Fire Department is currently investigating the cause of the fire.


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