Woman leaps to safety as West Rd. home burns


EMTs from the Central Lorain County Ambulance District tend to a woman who jumped out of the house.


Kelsey Leyva | Oberlin News-Tribune Smoke leaks from a West Road home in New Russia Township as firefighters douse the flames in water.


Firefighters take a ladder behind the house to extinguish the flames on the second floor.


A firefighter rips some the house’s outer layer off.


EMTs from the Central Lorain County Ambulance District tend to a woman who jumped out of the house.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/09/web1_Fire2.jpgEMTs from the Central Lorain County Ambulance District tend to a woman who jumped out of the house.

Kelsey Leyva | Oberlin News-Tribune Smoke leaks from a West Road home in New Russia Township as firefighters douse the flames in water.

http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/09/web1_Fire4.jpg

Kelsey Leyva | Oberlin News-Tribune Smoke leaks from a West Road home in New Russia Township as firefighters douse the flames in water.

Firefighters take a ladder behind the house to extinguish the flames on the second floor.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/09/web1_Fire3.jpgFirefighters take a ladder behind the house to extinguish the flames on the second floor.

A firefighter rips some the house’s outer layer off.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/09/web1_Fire1.jpgA firefighter rips some the house’s outer layer off.

Smoke filled the air at 13676 West Rd. in New Russia Township where a house caught fire Tuesday afternoon.

Oberlin firefighters were the first on the scene and immediately began working to douse the flames. Chief Robert Hanmer said he wasn’t sure what started the fire but it appeared to have started on the first floor in the kitchen.

One woman was in the house at the time of the fire. She was taking a nap and initially thought the smell of smoke might be her neighbors burning something, according to the fire chief.

After realizing the flames were inside her home, the woman jumped out a second floor window and was taken to the hospital.

Hanmer said the house had a wide open design on the first floor that allowed the fire to quickly spread to the second floor. The full extent of damage was not immediately clear.

Other responders include firefighters from Carlisle Township, Amherst, South Amherst, and Wellington. Crews were still working on the house an hour after the initial call.

Kelsey Leyva can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @TWE_KelseyLeyva on Twitter.

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