ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — An Albert Lea couple escaped an early morning house fire thanks to some quick thinking neighbors.

It happened about 2 a.m. Wednesday at the two-story house in Albert Lea where Kristopher Schewe and his fiancee Beth Sackson lived.

Neighbor Kevin Clapper tells the Albert Lea Tribune the light from the fire awoke his 15-year-old son, who roused his mother, Tina, and Kevin.

Kevin called 911 while Tina tossed rocks at the second-floor bedroom window to wake Schewe and Sackson. Kevin then maneuvered a ladder into place and Schewe and Sackson got out.

Albert Lea Fire Department Lt. Dennis Glassel says the Clapper family’s quick work probably saved two lives. He says the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Comments (2)
  1. JC says:

    Thank God for sensible people who will step out of their comfort zone for others!

  2. Tina Lacey Clapper says:

    We only did what we truly know Kris and Beth would do for us. Of approx. 16 homes on our street, 10 of us speak regularlly and many of us speak daily. We come together when one was ill and battling breast cancer, some are snow birds or vacationers, we watch each others homes while they are away,we bake for each other,we mow lawns and remove snow for each other, we exchange plants,we love the Kelly boys, they are the brothers my my son never had, one of our neighbors and friend passed away monday morning and while several of us neighbors were grieving the loss of our friend; early tuesday morning Kris and Beth lost their home and many of those same neighbors came out to assist during the fire. It was not only my family but many of our neighbors….and my friends. Nieghbors being neighbors.

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