WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) — "I don't know, I do not know."
Speaking through sobs, Ashley Peach was nearly inconsolable Wednesday morning after a fire ripped through her home. It happened just after 8:00 A.M. in a duplex in the 1800 block of West Dora. That's between Meridian and Seneca, south of Harry.
"It was one way or another I was going to make sure I got my kids out," Peach said.
Thankfully, instincts did take over. After waking to the smell of smoke, saving her eight-year-old and one-year-old children became Ashley's priority. She jumped into action, punching out a window of the home with her fist.
"I looked up and I ran to the hall and just seen smoke coming my way," Peach said. "So I just broke the window and got my kids out, that's all I was worried about was getting my kids out."
Even though Ashley received a few cuts in the process, fire crews say her split second decision was the right one. Her children were treated on the scene for slight smoke inhalation, but it appears everyone will be okay.
"She saw flames, decided to shut the door, and crawl out the window," said Battalion Fire Chief Ernie Schuler. "That was probably a good call because that smoke can be deadly."
Even the family dog, Princess, who was initially missing, was eventually found hiding under clothes in the home.
Crews estimate there is a total of $25,000 worth of damage. Ashley has her family, and the shirt off her back, which reads 'love life'. Today, that message, takes on a whole new meaning.
Fire investigators are still looking into a cause of the fire. The Red Cross is providing assistance to the family.
Posted by: Nick Viviani