Rescue in Detroit

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Two Detroit firefighters rescued an unconscious woman from a burning house today and revived her through CPR, according to a fire official.

Firefighters were dispatched around 6 p.m. to a house on the 200 block of Hague between John R and Brush, just east of Woodward.

“After we initiated our attack, one of the neighbors said there might be somebody in there,” Detroit Fire Acting Chief Robert Distelrath said.

Distelrath said firefighter Claude Milhouse and Sgt. Michael Dillon searched the smoke-filled house and found a 63-year-old woman unconscious in a bedroom on the second floor. They carried her out and performed CPR on the front lawn, he said.

The woman regained consciousness, Distelrath said, and was taken to Henry Ford Hospital.

“I’m proud of the work everybody did over there,” Distelrath said. “It’s exactly what I’ve come to expect of firefighters in Detroit.”

An update on the woman’s condition was not immediately available late tonight.

The fire appears to have started in the first-floor living room, Distelrath said. He said the fire wasn’t suspicious, but it’s not immediately clear what caused it.

Distelrath said Engine 35, Engine 39, Engine 44, Ladder 20, Squad 2 and Engine 17 responded to the scene.

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