Man jumps 2 stories to escape Savage townhome fire

Crews in Savage, Minn. tended to a massive fire at a town home late Thursday morning, transporting a 20-year-old Prior Lake, Minn. man TJ McCorkle to the hospital who jumped from a second-story window to escape.

Crews in Savage, Minn. tended to a massive fire at a town home late Thursday morning, transporting a 20-year-old Prior Lake, Minn. man TJ McCorkle to the hospital who jumped from a second-story window to escape. VIEW PHOTOS

McCorkle's sister said the fire wasn't the result of suspicious activity, but said her brother was asleep when the fire started and had to jump out the window to escape. He is now in the hospital with second- and third-degree burns.

Allina Health EMS operations manager Jeffrey Lanenberg said an EMS unit noticed a large amount of smoke coming from the 144th Street area and followed the trail to the town home where they began tending McCorkle and called for fire crews. Savage fire crews said he was conscious when taken from the scene by Allina to Hennepin County Medical Center. No one else was injured, and no one else was inside the home except McCorkle. Initially, neighbors told fire crews there could be 4, 5 or 6 people inside, but that was thankfully not the case.

"Really the big thank you goes to Allina medical transportation. They are the ones who saw the plume of smoke from Country Road 42, took it upon themselves to research it. They knew it was not normal for this area, they got here and called 911," Savage fire chief Joel McCole said.

The town home is connected to three other units, and crews checked other units as a precaution. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and the state fire marshal is investigating. 

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