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Leaping for life

A Sebeka-area family had to leap to safety from the second floor of their home to avoid being consumed by flames that had consumed their home.

Around 9:16 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, a house fire was reported to the Wadena County Sheriff's Office. The home of Dereck and Kimberly Stockman and their three children was ablaze, and the children in the home woke the adults up and notified them of the fire, a news release from the Wadena County Sheriff's Office said.

All five were in the house when the fire took hold, the sheriff's office said, and all five were able to get out of the home by jumping out of an upper-level window.

Kimberly broke her ankle after jumping from the second story of the home. The home was completely engulfed in flames by the time emergency responders arrived on scene and was a total loss.

All five victims were transported to the Tri-County Emergency Room to be treated for smoke inhalation. The family's 2-month old infant child and Kimberly were transported to another medical facility for their injuries. Dereck was also treated for frostbite after sprinting to a neighbor's house to call for help.

"We're all doing OK now," Kimberly said Wednesday. "I only have the broken leg and had surgery and on my way to recovery now."

She said her husband's frostbite was worse than originally thought, and he had to have some skin removed from his feet, but doctors are optimistic he'll keep all of his toes.

Their 2-month-old was treated for smoke inhalation and pneumonia, but was released on Sunday, Kimberly said. Her two other kids are "doing fine," she confirmed.

Wadena County Sheriff's Office assisted the Tri-County Ambulance, Sebeka Fire Department and Sebeka First Responders. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.