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Man jumps from second-story window to escape burning home

By Amy L. Knapp • Mar 27, 2017 at 1:00 PM

PERRY TWP. — A township man escaped his burning home by jumping from a second-story window Sunday afternoon.

Perry District Chief Tom Ross said when crews arrived at the home at 3350 Roanoake St. SW fire and smoke were pouring from both sides of the split-level building.

The homeowner told fire officials he was asleep when the fire started and escaped through a window. He was not injured, Ross said. It is unclear how he discovered the home was on fire.

Molly Hodge, 13, and her friend Tracie Crookston, 12, called 9-1-1 when they saw smoke coming from the home around 3:25 p.m.

Hodge did not see smoke while walking past the home to meet her friend, but did notice black smoke when they returned a few minutes later.

"We weren't sure what to do at first," Hodge said. "We were scared and didn't know if we should call. I had dialed 9-1-1 and was ready to call and then we decided we better."

Missy Hodge, Molly's mother, is proud of her daughter and Crookston.

She learned about the fire after receiving a text from her cellphone provider indicating that someone had called 9-1-1 from her daughter's cellphone.

"My reaction was to call her right away," Missy Hodge said. "She told a house was on fire. I got in the car and came down her."

The teens said it was the first time they had seen a house on fire, as well as being the first time they had to call 9-1-1.

"I'm really glad that we did," Crookston said.

The pair said they didn't see any flames but said the smoke coming from the home appeared cooper and gold.

Crews from Massillon, North Lawrence and Jackson Township assisted Perry at the scene.

Ross said the home has extensive damage. The fire burned through the first and second floor causing the second floor to partially collapse.

The cause of the fire in under investigation, Ross said.

Perry Township is one of the seventeen townships of Stark County. Most of the city of Massillon is located in the western half of this township.

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