SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — Three children and their baby sitter escaped a fire at a Shawnee home that started when Christmas lights ignited leaves in a gutter.
The Kansas City Star reports the fire was reported about 2:30 p.m. Friday when lights ignited leaves and flames spread to wood shake shingles.
After hearing a crackling sound, one of the children looked out a window and saw the roof had caught fire.
The children, ages 4, 6 and 14, and their baby sitter escaped and called 911.
Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and were able to save the family’s Christmas tree and presents.
The fire caused about $40,000 in damage.