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February 01 04:30 AM

Man injured saving brother from burning house

BY CHRIS REDFORD redford@theinquisitor.com

A Shreveport man was treated for several cuts to his arm after relatives said he broke through a window to save his brother from a burning house.

It happened in the 3400 block of Red Bud Lane Sunday afternoon January 27.

Kirk Klingensmith risked his own life to save his brother's. Klingensmith's father said his son was working a remotecontrolled car in the carport when it exploded. The small blast is said to have ignited a nearby gasoline can and flames quickly spread from there.

The fire consumed a Ford Mustang then spread into the attic of the single story home.

It took Shreveport firefighters less than twenty minutes to contain the blaze.

Dozens of family members, friends and neighbors filled the street as firefighters doused the flames and paramedics treated Klingensmith's arm and a pet dog for what appeared to be smoke inhalation.

Kiingensmith's brother was not injured. The house suffered major fire, smoke and water damage. The cause is still under investigation.

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