Des Moines teens smash window, escape house fire

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two Des Moines teenagers escaped a fire in their home by smashing a window and scrambling to safety.

KCCI-TV reports ( ) a smoke alarm sounded Tuesday morning in the home of Butch Grimm.

The alarm roused Grimm’s 13-year-old son, who rushed to wake up his 15-year-old sister.

The tried to get out, but the small house was filling quickly with smoke, so the girl wrapped her hand with a cloth and smashed the bottom part of a window.

They removed the shards of glass and climbed out.

Grimm’s two other children were at school when the fire broke out.

Most of the family’s possessions were destroyed in the fire, but Grimm says he’s relieved his family is safe.


Information from: KCCI-TV,

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