Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Man Credited with Possibly Saving Some Lives after Fire Substantially Damages Hoyt House Tuesday

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Man Credited with Possibly Saving Some Lives after Fire Substantially Damages Hoyt House Tuesday

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HOYT -- A young man jumped off the front-porch roof of his burning house just before dawn Tuesday morning, then ran inside to warn family members of the blaze.

Officials at the scene said the young man's heroics may have saved the lives of several family members who were inside the residence and who were able to exit the smoke-filled home on their own.

The fire was reported about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday at 104 Highland in Hoyt. First-arriving crews from the Hoyt Fire Department found flames coming out of the residence.

Mutual aid from nearby fire departments was summoned to help put out the blaze, which caused substantial damage to the two-story home.

The fire appeared to do most of its damage to the rear portion of the house, and smoke continued to pour out of the roof more than two hours after the blaze was reported. …

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