Mother, son rescued from burning home

CLYDE An unsung hero rescued a woman and her son from a second-story window as a fire devour
May 24, 2010



An unsung hero rescued a woman and her son from a second-story window as a fire devoured their home Monday morning.

Holley Rogers and her 17-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter were trapped in the 129 W. McPherson Highway home as the early morning blaze swept through the house.

Rogers and her son were rescued by a passerby who heard them screaming and saw flames shooting from the house, said Clyde fire Chief Mike Andrews.

The unidentified good Samaritan found a ladder and guided the two to safety out of a window on the back of the house.

Rogers' daughter jumped off a front porch to escape the fire.

When firefighters arrived at 3:51 a.m., they found a house fully engulfed, Andrews said.

All three people were treated and released for smoke inhalation.

Rogers' daughter had X-rays taken of her hip, which was injured but not broken during her jump, Andrews said.

Andrews said the fire started in the front of the house and burned through the first and second floors. The Ohio Fire Marshal's office is working to determine a cause of the fire.

The house, which was not insured, is a total loss and had about $60,000 worth of damage.

A house to the west of Rogers' home had melted siding. The damage was estimated at $350.

"We were lucky," said Assistant fire Chief Louie Snider. "When you see siding start melting, you know it's awfully warm."

Snider said the fire was especially fierce because the house had wood siding and a strong west wind fanned the flames.

About 22 firefighters responded to the call, none of whom were injured. The fire was under control in about 11/2 hours.

The Sandusky County EMS and Clyde Police Department also responded.