EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFamily Escapes Burning Home Through Window
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Reported by: Katelyn Sykes
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Aug. 5, 2013 6:06 AM EDT
Updated: Aug. 5, 2013 1:08 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
It was an early morning wake-up call Monday for Cody Baird and his family.
Baird, his father, wife and 18-month-old baby were asleep inside their Coopers Creek Road home when Baird said he woke up to the sound of glass breaking. He looked out his bedroom window to see an orange glow but thought he had left a light on and didn't think anything of it until he looked outside again.
"That's when the smell hit me and I realized the house was on fire," Baird said.
A fire was quickly consuming his family's two-story home. Baird said he had to act fast.
"I ran out of my bedroom and I pounded on my dad's door and yelled, 'The house is on fire. Everybody get up.' And then I ran into the baby's room, grabbed the baby and I ran back into my room and grabbed my wife," he said.
Baird said his wife started to panic and smoke was quickly starting to fill the upstairs of the home.
"So I went and did the only thing I could do and I pushed out the screen of the window on the second story and I jumped out," he said.
Baird was able to jump out of the window onto a building below. His wife was able to hand him the baby and then she was able to get through the window to make it safely outside. Baird's father also made it out and that's when they were able to see the damage.
"The entire front of the house was on fire," Baird said. "The porch, the overhang on the porch was all up on fire inside of it. The fire was in the walls, and it was crawling all the way to the top of the house."
While Baird and his family watched firefighters battle the fire, he is just happy they can stand there together and no one was injured.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
A home near Charleston was destroyed in an early morning fire Monday in Kanawha County.
It happened about 3:30 a.m. at a house on Coopers Creek Road.
Three adults and a baby were inside the home and were able to get out through a second-story window. They are OK.
Firefighters said a Sissonville firefighter was trapped for a few minutes when the roof caved in on him. He was able to get out and is also OK. The Sissonville and Pinch volunteer fire departments responded.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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