Four jump from second story to avoid fire in Dunkirk home

DUNKIRK, N.Y. (WIVB) — As a desperate attempt to avoid burning in a house fire, officials say four people jumped out of a two story home.

The flames, which erupted from the house early Friday morning on King Street, ripped through the first and second floors of the home and emerged through the attic. After the family inside realized the house was on fire, officials say they were forced to jump. Three adults jumped, and one child was dropped to a person below.

Police responded to the fire first and immediately called for both fire and medical response. While fire crews began extinguishing the flames, police say the victims were evacuated from the area. Three people, including the child, were rushed to Brooks Memorial Hospital for treatment, but a Starflight helicopter flew a fourth victim to Hamot Medical Center in Pennsylvania.

The home, officials say, is extensively damaged, and one firefighter was brought to Brooks Memorial Hospital for potential heat exhaustion.

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