Even with an injured leg or ankle, an elderly man crawled back into a burning house and rescued his wife Friday morning, according to the couple’s landlord.
Ed Winfrey, one of the owners of the 19th century home that the couple shared near Sibley, Mo., said the man injured his leg or ankle after he jumped or fell after climbing through an upstairs window.
“He couldn’t walk, but he crawled back in and managed to get his wife out the door,” said Winfrey, who said he arrived on the scene after the couple had escaped.
The two were reported in stable condition Friday afternoon, said John Yocum, Fort Osage Fire Protection District chief.
Firefighters responding to a 7:43 a.m. call found the two residents already outside. The home in the 33200 block of East Johnson Road was 85 percent involved in flames when firefighters arrived, Yocum said.
“It’s pretty much a total loss,” Yocum said.
The fire’s cause remains under investigation and no damage estimate has been made.
The husband apparently awoke in an upstairs room that was full of smoke, Winfrey said.
“He said he couldn’t get down the stairs because of the fire and smoke,” said Winfrey, adding that the man then went through the upstairs window and crawled onto a porch roof.
“He didn’t have a shirt on, but he did have the presence of mind to put on his shoes.”