Teen jumps from 2nd floor as family escapes house fire on West Euclid in Detroit

Infant, mother, 2 teens escape fire with minimal injuries

DETROIT – At least 4 people, including two teens and an infant, were rushed to a hospital for medical attention after escaping from a house fire Friday morning on Detroit's west side. 

The fire started around 3:45 a.m. in the 2000 block of West Euclid Avenue. A woman in her 30s, her 13-year-old son, who jumped from a second floor window, and 5-day-old infant were all taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.  A teenage girl who lives nearby ran to help. She was also taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.

All of the injuries are not considered life threatening. Overall, five people were staying in the house including the woman's grandmother. However, only three of them were rushed to the hospital. 

At this time the cause of the fire is not known, but investigators say it started in the kitchen area. Detroit Fire Department arson investigators were on scene. 

Teen jumps from 2nd floor

The 13-year-old boy was trapped on the 2nd floor of the house. He was unable to go downstairs so he was forced outside on the 2nd floor. Everyone outside of the house eventually convinced him to jump. 

"I had seen smoke and I went to the top of the steps to see if anybody was up there," said Joseph Harris, who ran to help from the bottom floor. "I came back out ... seen him sitting in the windows. I just told him to jump. They were hollering for him to jump. I told him to, 'Jump! Man!"

The teen suffered some scrapes and bruises. 

The home has significant damage to the 2nd floor.

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