Investigators: Electrical Overload Caused House Fire

UPDATE: The cause of an early morning fire that sent 5 to the hospital has been determined.
UPDATE: Investigators say the fire was started by an over used surge protector. Firefighters say a window AC unit was plugged into the surge protector that apparently overloaded and caught fire. We're told a fire fighter and two adults and two children are being treated for their injuries.

Original story--7/22/2014 7:03 AM--

Several people were sent to the hospital following an early Tuesday morning house fire in Evansville.
Firefighters were called to the home near the intersection of South Barker Avenue and Austin Avenue around 3:30.
Two adults and two children were on the second floor of the home and are being treated for smoke inhalation.
Neighbor Thomas Wainwright helped the people escape the home.
He says, "There was no way to get the children and adults off the roof. I didn't have a ladder, so I backed my truck up to it in my SUV  and climbed up on it. ..Helped the female first, she climbed on top of me. I lowered her down. My roof was all slippery wet from dew. Then i helped the two children down then luckily the neighbor upstairs was there to retrieve the babies."
Two people on the first floor were able to get out safely, but a firefighter had to be treated for a minor injury.
Right now investigators say that the fire appeared to have started in a bedroom on the second floor, but the investigation continues.


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