Firefighter Falls Through Roof While Battling Blaze At Home In SW Shawnee Co.

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A Shawnee County Firefighter escaped injury despite falling through the roof of a burning home near Auburn late Tuesday night.

Auburn Fire Chief Scott Hunt said the fireman climbed on the roof of the home at 10624 S.W. Indian Hills and attempted to vent it when the roof collapsed and sent the firefighter down into the single-story home. He walked out the front door a few moments later uninjured.

"Next thing I know he's walking out the door looking at me going, 'I'm OK,' " Hunt said.

There were no injuries reported and all occupants made it out of the home safely.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation early Wednesday morning, but Hunt said it appears to be accidental.

Firefighters were first called to the home east of Auburn around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday. Fire crews reported smoke and flames showing from the home. It took crews about 25 to 30 minutes to put the fire out.

Hunt said 30 percent of the home sustained major fire damage and the whole house suffered smoke damage.


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