Doorbell security alert helps couple escape house fire on Indy’s east side

Posted at 8:45 AM, Jul 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-09 10:45:01-04

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    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WXIN) — A dramatic video shows a circle of fire on the front porch of a Warren Township home.

The footage comes from the doorbell security camera. The couple credits their escape to the safety alerts on their phone.

“I get a notification on my phone that something was going on,” said Michael Schumpf.

Last month, Michael and Jennifer Schumpf woke up to the sound of the Ring doorbell notification. The flames set off their Ring doorbell security system. Within seconds, they knew they had to get out.

“I looked down the hall, out the front door that used to be glass, and all you could see was fire everywhere,” Michael said.

Thankfully, their two young children weren’t home. The couple got out in plenty of time before the fire made it inside their home. They just happened to be sleeping downstairs because Jennifer was recovering.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in December of last year,” said Jennifer.

Four days before the fire, Jennifer had a double mastectomy.

“My family was safe, and that’s all that really mattered to me,” said Michael.

Their Warren Township home is now boarded up, but this family is beyond grateful for technology and the timing.

“Just makes you think everything always happens for a reason. You don’t ever know what that reason is until you can look back with hindsight, but in the end, I’m really thankful that I had to go through that cancer journey, the surgery scenario, because it’s almost what kept us all safe,” said Jennifer.

The couple has insurance, and they were able to save some pictures and other priceless memories. Jennifer received the good news recently that she is cancer free.

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