Linwood A Linwood family escaped injury from a fire this morning that damaged their home.
Dawn Fouch said she was on her way to work in the Kansas City area when she got a call from the sheriff's department: Her home was on fire.
After returning home, Fouch heard a harrowing tale: Her son awakened after having difficulty breathing; when he rolled over, the air was hot and flames were climbing his bedroom wall.
Fouch's son then went to the other end of the house, gathered his brothers and dogs and made their way outside to safety, Fouch said. A passing neighbor had noticed the fire and called for help.
Dan Tallman, chief of Sherman Township Fire Department, said the morning blaze significantly damaged the south end of the house at 204 Bowen St.
No injuries were reported. Firefighters from Reno and Stranger townships and Eudora and Tonganoxie city departments also responded to the fire.
Tallman said the original call came about 7:30 a.m. and firefighters had it under control after about 40 minutes. They were still checking for hot spots at 10 a.m., he said.
Tallman said an investigator with the Kansas State Fire Marshal's office would be called to the scene to review a possible cause.
Firefighters continued to investigate a possible damage amount this morning. Tallman expected to release additional information this afternoon.
To hear Fouch's description of the family's ordeal, watch 6News tonight at 6 p.m. on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6.