WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. – A Webster Groves family’s home erupted into flames Friday morning, and firefighters had to rescue one woman trapped inside.
Firefighters from several departments responded to the 300 block of Papin Avenue around 10 a.m. to battle a house fire Friday. One person was injured during the fire.
Webster Groves Fire Chief Brett Ellis tells FOX 2 that the fire could have started on the second story in the top left corner of the home.
“Crews worked really fast to get up on the roof, to rescue one of our residents,” said Ellis. “We had over twelve fire apparatus’ with additional medic units, jeeps.”
Dramatic video was taken by a neighbor as the female homeowner was high on top of the second-story roof. The video shows her making her way to a waiting firefighter and being guided safely to the ground with a ladder.
Family still on the scene told FOX 2 they believe it started in their son’s bedroom. Their biggest fear was that he was still trapped inside. It wasn’t until after the mother escaped that we learned she was the only one home.
“I do know this is a rough day for people who live there. We do have some empathy, some compassion for our community members,” said Ellis.
The woman rescued was rushed to the hospital, but her injuries are considered non-life-threatening. As for the fire, investigators are working to determine what caused it.
Firefighters from Webster, Rock Hill, Shrewsbury, Crestwood, Brentwood, Maplewood, University City, and Fenton all assisted with the rescue and putting out the blaze.