AMES, Iowa -- A house fire claimed the life of an Ames man. Three people were in the house at 1322 Illinois Avenue Sunday night. Only two made it out.
Will Hatcher and Chrystel Crenshaw heard a knock on their door at about 11 p.m.
“The house is on fire, we need help,” said Hatcher.
When the couple looked outside, they could see why their neighbors needed help. Flames were shooting out of the home and smoke was filling the street.
To escape the flames, Carl Boese, 27, and Lin Yang, 26, jumped out of the second floor window. Witnesses say the two were concerned about a third roommate. Boese and Yang didn’t know if he was home or if he was out of town.
Neighbors called 911 and tried to get help to anyone still trapped inside.
“He actually used a bat to break the window because we were trying to yell or something, if there was someone else, we didn't know if he's in there,” said Crenshaw.
The flames kept crews from going inside the home. Firefighters had to douse the flames by shooting water through the windows.
“The fire was so involved when they first arrived, it took several hours to contain it to make sure that it didn't jump to anything else and to get it down to a level that they could actually do some investigation,” said Susan Gwiasda with the City of Ames.
Once crews got the fire under control and searched the home, they found the body of the man . Officials are not releasing his name.
“These situations are always so very, very tragic,” said Gwiasda.
Boese is at Mary Greeley Medical Center listed in stable condition. Yang was treated and released. He tells us that he’s OK, but just needs a “break” after what happened.
Investigators have yet to release the cause of the fire. The most significant damage appeared to be at back of the house and on the second floor.