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Woman leaps from window to escape early-morning blaze

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By BEN CARLSON

A woman was forced to leap from her bedroom window to escape an early-morning blaze last Tuesday morning at 3580 Harry Wise Road.

The woman was home alone and sleeping when the fire broke out, according to Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes.

“She tried to escape from the normal route out of her house, but the smoke was too thick to breathe,” he said. “She jumped out of the bedroom window, which was a 4- to 5-foot drop.”

Barnes said the woman ran about 200 yards to a neighbor’s home and banged on the door before being let inside to call 911.

Barnes said the house was fully involved when firefighters arrived.

“The roof caved in over the main part of the house,” he said. “That makes it extra difficult to fight, and we had to go into a defensive mode.”

Barnes said firefighters were able to salvage some of the woman’s belongings.

“We were able to get a few things out, but the majority of what she owned went down with the house,” he said. “It was a total loss.”

Barnes said fire investigators with the Kentucky State Police are helping determine what caused the blaze, which started around 3:42 a.m.

“There’s nothing suspicious,” Barnes said. “We’re looking at a possible electrical malfunction.”

Responding to the fire were members of the Anderson County Fire Department, Anderson County EMS, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department and the Anderson County Fire Department Auxiliary.

Barnes said no injuries were reported.

E-mail Ben Carlson at bcarlson@theandersonnews.com.