2 Rescued in Syracuse


Syracuse, N.Y. — Firefighters pulled two people from house fire in the city of Syracuse late Friday night.

The 11:08 p.m. fire occurred at a two and a half story wood-frame house on Lynch Street.

Firefighters found two men on the first floor at the front of the house soon after arriving at the scene. Both men were unresponsive. One was taken to Upstate University Hospital and the other to Crouse Hospital.

Firefighters had the fire out in about 30 minutes.

Check back for more details as they become available.

Rescues from 3 Alarm Apartment Fire


BURLINGTON, MA — Firefighters used a ladder truck to rescue three people from a three-alarm fire in a massive apartment complex just off the Middlesex Turnpike in Burlington Wednesday night, and one of those three people was hospitalized.

Firefighters were called to the Baron Park Apartments at 8 Baron Park Lane about 8:45 p.m., where they found residents trapped on the top floor of the three-story, multi-unit building.

Burlington Fire Chief Steven Yetman was very busy at the scene, but said firefighters rescued three residents from the third floor using a ladder truck.

One of those people was taken to Lahey Clinic with serious injuries, but Yetman did not have more information on that person’s condition. No firefighters had been hurt as of 10:30 p.m.

The blaze was knocked down by about 10:15 p.m., but crews were expected to remain on scene for hours overhauling the building and making sure any hot spots are out.

Firefighters from Chelmsford, Wilmington and Bedford were among those at the scene providing mutual aid.

The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts was at the scene to help numerous displaced families, but the agency said it was still working to count exactly how many people needed help as of 11 p.m.

The cause was not immediately apparent.

Man Rescued from Hoarding House in The Bronx


Firefighters had to battle through piles of clutter to rescue an elderly man from a fire at this Bronx home Wednesday, officials said.

The Bravest were finally able to pull Theodore Washington, 86, from his third-floor apartment on E. 162nd St. about 6 a.m., neighbors said.

Emergency responders rushed to perform CPR on Washington as he lay unconscious in the street, witnesses said. He was rushed to Lincoln Medical Center in critical condition.

Servon Vonnie Green, 25, who lives above Washington, said the victim had been living alone after his wife broke her hip and moved into an assisted-living facility six months ago.

“I woke up and I smelled smoke. People were knocking on doors, buzzing the alarm and yelling ‘Fire!'” said Green, who has lived in the 10-unit co-op her entire life. “I ran downstairs, right by Mr. Washington’s apartment. I saw firefighters trying to break down his door. But they were having trouble. There were like four or five locks … They were also trying to go through the window. They finally got him through the window and put him in the bucket.

“It took like 20 minutes for them to get him. He was a hoarder. I think all of the stuff made it harder.”


“I didn’t know what to do. I grabbed the baby, covered my mouth with my shirt and ran downstairs,” he said, referring to his 2-year-old granddaughter, Mariah Jean-Francois.

“My wife couldn’t get down the stairs because her knees were bad. She went into the bathroom,” Jean-Francois said. “When I got outside, firefighters were already there. I said, ‘There’s someone upstairs.’ They ran up and got her.”

Assistant Fire Chief Joseph Pfiefer said the fire started on the first floor of the four-unit building, but its cause was not immediately clear. The rescued woman, Elise Mathadore, and two firefighters suffered minor injuries in the blaze.

“I was worried, but I was okay,” Mathadore said, recounting her wait for help in the burning building. “The firefighters came to get me.”

Man Rescued from Vacant Grocery Store


Tulsa, OK

Tulsa firefighters are investigating what sparked a fire inside a abandoned grocery store early Thursday.

First responders were called about 4:30 a.m. to the Piggly Wiggly in the 3700 block of East Admiral Place, Capt. Chad Meyer said.

Heavy smoke could be seen pouring out of the boarded up building stationed in the heart of a strip mall when crews arrived at the scene, Meyer said.

Firefighters were able extinguish the blaze, which was located in the back of the store and rescued a civilian who was inside at the time, he said.

He was treated by EMSA and released at the scene, Meyer said.

Meyer said the man – who was seeking shelter – gained access to the building by entering through the roof.

The man is expected to be jailed on an arson complaint.

No other injuries were reported, firefighters said.

2 Rescue in Columbus

Firefighters said two people were in critical condition after being pulled from a burning home in east Columbus Thursday morning.

Fire officials said the fire started around 12:40 a.m. at a home in the 5300 block of Ivyhurst Drive.

Firefighters said a Columbus Police Officer was the first on scene. He helped get a woman and two children, ages 5 and 7-years-old, out of the home.

The Deputy Fire Chief said  a 4-year-old boy was found by firefighters in a bedroom not breathing. Firefighters performed CPR on the boy and were able to get him breathing again. The child’s mother said her son had made it outside safely, but for some reason went back into the burning home. He was taken to Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

The Chief said a woman was also pulled from the back of the home. She was taken to The Ohio University Wexner Medical Center in critical condition.

Fire investigators were searching for what started the fire.

The Red Cross was on the scene, helping the people who lived in the home.

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Man Rescued from Ship in Elizabeth, NJ


The Elizabeth Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Team this morning saved a worker at the seaport who fell from a ladder into a cargo hold on a container ship.

Firefighters descended to the injured victim and an overhead haul system was rigged to lift him to the main deck of the ship, docked at the Elizabeth Seaport APM Terminals.

Rope Rescue in Portland


The technical rescue team from the Portland Fire Bureau on Tuesday afternoon rescued a woman who apparently fell to the bottom of an 80-foot embankment near the Chart House in Southwest Portland.

Lt. Rich Chatman of the Portland Fire Bureau said that rescue crews were alerted to the incident about 1:08 p.m. by a Portland Police officer who had heard the woman’s cries for help.

The officer began investigating after finding the woman’s vehicle, which had been the subject of a search by the Hillsboro Police Department, along Southwest Terwilliger Boulevard just north of the Chart House.

Chatman said Hillsboro Police had been asked to do a welfare check on the woman and were concerned about her and had asked other agencies to be on the lookout for her car.  The woman’s husband reported her overdue to Hillsboro Police.

Chatman said that the Portland officer “did an amazing job.” After a short search, the officer heard the woman call out from the bottom of the embankment.  The officer then radioed for help and the Fire Bureau sent out the technical rescue team.

Chatman said that the woman, whose name and age were not yet available, was found near a trail at the bottom of the embankment, which is below Southwest Terwilliger Boulevard and above Barbur Boulevard.

When the rescue team arrived on the scene, Chatman said, they quickly built a rope system and lowered a rescuer.  The team then hauled the woman and the rescuer back up the embankment.

Initial reports incorrectly indicated that the woman had gone over the embankment in a car.

Chatman said the woman was conscious and alert when the rescuers found her and she was taken to a local hospital.  He said she did not appear to be seriously injured.

Man Rescued in Sheffield Lake, Ohio


SHEFFIELD LAKE, Ohio – Firefighters rescued a man Wednesday morning from his burning home in Sheffield Lake.

A neighbor called 911 to report a house fire in the 300 block of Thelma Avenue at about 7:30 a.m., said firefighters.

When crews arrived, flames were shooting from the windows.

Firefighters said they found the resident of the home in his bedroom behind a closed door, sitting on the bed.

Crews pulled the man from the burning home and took him to a local hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, firefighters said.

Sheffield Township, Sheffield Village, Avon, Avon Lake and Elyria Township firefighters assisted Sheffield Lake in extinguishing the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Estimate of damages are still being determined.

14 People Rescued in Arapahoe County


ARAPAHOE COUNTY – Firefighters rescued 14 people from the Woodhaven Apartments during a two-alarm fire Tuesday morning. One person that was rescued is in critical condition and another rescued victim was treated for smoke inhalation, according to Cunningham Fire Protection District Fire Chief Jerry Rhodes.

Rhodes said everyone else is uninjured.

The fire, which was contained to just one apartment, is out, but several apartment homes were damaged by smoke, the fire chief said. He said he was proud of his firefighters for knocking down the fire in just 11 minutes.

A stairwell in one part of the building was lost. Rhodes said residents that live in that side of the building would not be able to return to their homes Tuesday morning.

Just after 3:30 a.m., dispatchers put a call out to several agencies to investigate a fire and evacuate residents of the Woodhaven apartments in the 2400 block of South Quebec Street.

Firefighters immediately called for a second alarm when they arrived because of smoke on the second floor.

Firefighters from several other agencies including the Aurora Fire Department and the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office assisted extinguishing the fire and evacuating residents.

Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

Rhodes said he believes at least 30 people are displaced due to this fire.

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Man Rescued after Being Crushed by Cement Truck


Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Oakville firefighters are working to free the driver of a Ready Mix cement mixer who became trapped after the vehicle he was in rolled over in the area of Sixth Line and Dundas Street today (Monday).

Oakville Fire Chief Lee Grant said at around 12:07 p.m. the truck slid into a basement excavation site and rolled over in a construction area located north of Dundas Street in the Sixth Line area.

Fire crews are working to free the driver from the partially crushed vehicle cab.

At this time there is no information about the condition of the driver.

Halton police said an air ambulance was dispatched to the scene.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.


A man pinned by a cement truck for more than 2 hours in Oakville has finally been freed.

Halton Police say the vehicle rolled just after noon, in the Dundas and 6th Line area.

Officers couldn’t comment on the condition of the man, but say he’s been flown to hospital in an Air Ambulance.

There are reports the man’s leg was pinned under the truck.

It’s unclear if the man was the driver of the truck or a construction worker, who was standing close to the vehicle.

The man’s name hasn’t been released.