Devin Sutton was visiting his sister’s second-floor apartment in south Kansas City on Thursday afternoon when he heard a neighbor screaming.
Sutton looked out sliding glass doors that opened onto his sister’s deck. He saw smoke and flames. Heat from the blaze shattered those glass doors as he ran to the apartment’s front door.
“By the time I opened the door, all I could see was black smoke,” said Sutton, 32.
He dashed to a back bedroom and hollered at a neighbor.
“Tell somebody I’m here!”
Hearing sirens, Sutton decided to ignore a neighbor’s suggestion that he jump and wait instead for firefighters, who soon put a ladder up to the bedroom window. Sutton scrambled down to safety.
Firefighters also rescued his sister’s pet snapping turtle, Speedy, from the blaze in the four-unit apartment building at 9309 Newton Ave. No residents were injured in the fire, officials said. The blaze, which apparently started on the first floor about 2:15 p.m., quickly spread through the second floor to the attic. It heavily damaged two apartment units.
Fire officials said the cause of the fire was under investigation.