ELLISVILLE (KMOV.com) - Peggy and Bill Cruse are thanking the Ellisville Police Department for acting quickly after their kitchen went up in flames.
“I was scared,” said Bill Cruse.
Peggy says as she was getting ready for church on Dec. 9, when she put a Pop Tart in her toaster. Seconds later, she says the pastry went up in flames.
“It was the fruit filling that shot up to the ceiling,” said Cruse.
After calling 911, Cruse says she was trying to get her husband who’s confined to a wheelchair out of the house. The incident was captured on the officers' body cameras.
One body camera fell before the officers picked Bill up and carried him out. Minutes after, smoke filled the room.
News 4 found from the Metro West Fire Department fires involving Pop Tarts aren’t unheard of. Experts say the treats can be very flammable.
News 4 found Kellogg has paid settlements involving fires started from Pop Tarts, shelving out claims from $2,400 to $100,000.