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World War II veteran escapes St. Charles house fire after being awoken by neighbors

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Irvin Wessler, 93, was asleep inside his home on Elmwood Court when his roof caught fire just before 7:00 a.m. By Stephanie Baumer Irvin Wessler, 93, was asleep inside his home on Elmwood Court when his roof caught fire just before 7:00 a.m. By Stephanie Baumer

ST. CHARLES (KMOV.com) – A World War II veteran has his neighbors to thank after they alerted him to his house being on fire Tuesday morning.

Irvin Wessler, 93, was asleep inside his home on Elmwood Court when his roof caught fire just before 7:00 a.m. Wessler’s neighbors pounded on the door to his home and were able to wake the veteran, who made his escape through the front door.

Wessler was transported to a nearby hospital for possible smoke inhalation, fire officials say.

When St. Charles Firefighters arrived to the scene they found heavy fire and smoke coming through the home’s roof. Firefighters were able to control the blaze in about 30 minutes.

Wessler was the home’s only occupant.

According to fire officials, the home sustained nearly $100,000 worth of damage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but officials are looking tonto an area of the home near the garage where a space heater was located. 

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