Crews rescue woman from burning home in Kenosha Co.

CREATED Apr 28, 2014 - UPDATED: Apr 28, 2014

  • Print

SOMERS -- Fire crews rescued a woman from a burning house in Kenosha County Monday morning.

It happened around 2:45 a.m. near the intersection of 27th Street and 39th Avenue in Somers.

Officials said upon arrival there was smoke emerging from the two-story, two-family structure.

A woman who lived upstairs, Desiree Monk, couldn't get to the door because of the smoke. So, she said she climbed to the window and kicked the screen out. She sat on the windowsill, contemplating whether she should stay put, or jump.

"I thought we weren't going to make it,” Monk said. “I didn't know if it was going to blow up. I didn't know what the house was going to do."

A sheriff's deputy kicked in the door and assisted Monk downstairs.

“He said, follow the light! Don’t stop! So we just came straight out," Monk said.

Monk said she will never forget the deputy, who was just doing his job.

"I am very thankful! And to that officer who saved me, thank you so much! Thank you," Monk said.

Officials said the fire started from a lint buildup in a basement dryer.

The house suffered fire damage in the basement, water damage in the basement and in a small area of the first-floor, and smoke damage throughout.

The two residents in the home were displaced and are being assisted by the Red Cross.

The fire was under control around 5:30 a.m.