Woman jumps out of window to escape house fire

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Firefighters are trying to figure out what sparked an intense house fire that destroyed a home.

It broke out Tuesday morning on Harry Wise Road, off U.S. 127, south of Lawrenceburg.

Family members say 59-year-old Betty Brooks was in her home alone when she woke up to the sound of her smoke detector. Her son, Carl Brooks, says she called him immediately.

"It was about ten after three this morning," he explained. "She told me the house was on fire. I got up and called the fire department."

"She realized she had to get out of the house," continued her daughter, Melissa Moudy. "She broke out the window and jumped out."

There is little left of the home today, and likely nothing much is salvageable. But certainly the two adult children, who grew up in the home, are glad their mother made it out of the house safely.

"Glad she's alive," Moudy said.

Carl Brooks says investigators believe the fire started up in the attic, but it could take a few days to determine how.

Luckily, Betty Brooks has family members she can stay with, and also had insurance.

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