1 Person Escapes Circleville House Fire, Gas Containers Found


UPDATED: Monday July 15, 2013 5:25 PM

One person was able to escape a burning home in Circleville on Monday morning.

The fire started on 500 block of North Pickaway Street around 8 a.m.

An off-duty firefighter who was leaving a nearby station spotted the smoke. He kicked in the door and awoke the sleeping resident.

"He's very lucky, I mean, the smoke and stuff, the way it had blanketed down in the residence already. It was at a toxic level where he may not have woken up. It's very possible he may never have gotten out of the residence," said Joey Eveland, a Circleville firefighter.

The man who was saved, Tracy Kawasaki, said he was still trying to make sense of it all.

“It still hasn’t sunk in yet, very scary,” said Kawasaki.

Eveland had to kick in the back door to find Kawasaki inside.

“I jumped out of bed. My feet hit the floor. I realized the floor was hot,” said Kawasaki.

Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

Several of the man's pets escaped the blaze, but several others have not been located.

Investigators said that 50 gallons of gasoline were discovered on the property.

Firefighters from five different agencies responded to the house fire. The house sits back from the road, which made access for fire crews difficult.

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