Women Rescued in Fresno


A woman was in critical condition Thursday morning after being rescued from a burning home in central Fresno.

The blaze broke out sometime before 3 a.m. in the 3600 block of North Warren Avenue, near Dakota and West avenues. When firefighters arrived, they saw flames and smoke erupting from the home and quickly called for more units.

Fresno Fire Department spokesman Koby Johns said a man and two adult children got out of the burning home through windows, but the woman, 64, was trapped inside. Firefighters went inside and got the woman out through a door, but she had sustained smoke inhalation and went into cardiac arrest.

Johns said firefighters and emergency workers performed CPR and managed to get her heart going on the way to Community Regional Medical Center. However, the woman suffered complications from the smoke and was placed into a hyperbaric chamber for treatment. The chamber is used to to increase oxygen to the body to speed healing.

Getting a victim out of a burning home is one of the most dangerous tasks facing firefighters. Johns said firefighters always try to have at least 15 firefighters at the scene of a structure fire. The first unit to arrive goes into “fire attack” mode, meaning that if it is possible, they will enter the building with hoses and try to find the source of the blaze and put it out. When there is someone trapped inside, it requires two teams — the first to fight the blaze and protect other firefighters searching for a victim.

Johns said it is a goal of fire departments to have 15 firefighters at the scene of a building fire in eight minutes, something staffing reductions can make difficult or impossible.

The cause of the fire was electrical and the amount of damage was estimated to be $80,000.

Water Rescue in Calgary

The Calgary Fire Department rescued a young woman from the Bow River early Saturday afternoon.

The water rescue unit was called to the river by Point Mckay around noon after passersby noticed the woman in the water, said battalion chief Paul LeBlanc.

It’s not known how the woman, believed to be in her early 20s, ended up in the river.

She was transported to hospital in serious but stable condition, according to EMS.

Man Rescued from Under Train in Portland


PORTLAND — A man was hit and pinned underneath a Portland MAX train at Southeast 94th Avenue and Southeast Division Street Sunday.


Emergency crews freed the man and immediately took him to the hospital. Portland Fire & Rescue said the victim was still alive but had no update on his condition. His name was not available.


Just after 4 p.m., the man reportedly walked or ran in front of the Green Line MAX train and was pinned underneath the rail car, said TriMet spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt.


Rescue crews used air jacks and wooden blocks to lift the car off the track to get to the man.


Shuttle buses provided alternative service between the Gateway Transit and the Clackamas Town Center while the Green Line rail service was disrupted.


Eastbound lanes of Southeast Division Street were closed during the rescue and were reopened before 5:30 p.m. The Green Line was reopened just after 6pm Sunday evening.

Man Rescued from Fire in Decatur

DECATUR — A 70-year-old man was rescued from a north side house that was on fire late Saturday night, after someone called 911 in a timely fashion and firefighters arrived within minutes.

At 11:51 p.m. Saturday firefighters were sent to the 1100 block of East Mueller Avenue.

“The call came in that they thought somebody was in the house,” said Battalion Chief Todd McKenzie of the Decatur Fire Department.

Four minutes later, an engine from Station 1 arrived with four firefighters.

When they arrived, they saw some flames in the house through a window.

Two firefighters entered the house, while one carried a hose.

“The house was pretty smoky,” McKenzie said.

They found the man inside the house. There were no other occupants.

“He was unresponsive when they got him out, but he came around when they got him out,” McKenzie said.

An ambulance arrived and took him to Decatur Memorial Hospital.

McKenzie said it was fortunate that there were four firefighters on the first engine. More often, there are three on each rig.

Having that extra firefighter on the scene could make a difference. That allows two to search and rescue while one brings up a line and the driver operates the engine.

“You almost double your ability to work with one extra guy,” McKenzie said.

“It just so happened there weren’t many guys off during that shift. That was the only reason.”

There was another rig right behind the engine, the tower truck, which also had a crew of four. Within 30 or 40 seconds, engines also arrived from fire stations 4 and 5. There were 14 firefighters and five pieces of equipment on the scene.

“They got the fire knocked down pretty quick,” McKenzie said. “That is an area located central to several stations.”

The cause of the fire is unknown. It remains under investigation.

The damage is estimated at $22,000.

This is the kind of call that firefighters remember for a long time.

“There’s nothing better than making a difference for someone like that,” McKenzie said. “It’s a great thing that he’s going to see another Christmas.”

2 Rescued from San Antonio House Fire


SAN ANTONIO — According to residents in a northeast San Antonio neighborhood, a father and son were the victims of an early-morning house fire.

The San Antonio Fire Department confirmed the rescue of two family members from the blaze; however, the department did not have specifics on their relationship.

“When units arrived on the scene, we saw smoke coming out of the house,” SAFD Battalion Chief Michael Moore told KENS 5.

Moore said the fire was coming out from the front of the house in the 4800 block of Castle Pine Drive, near Gibbs Sprawl Road.

Firefighters said there were reports that two victims were still trapped inside.

Johnny Barrera tried to retrieve his neighbors before the fire department arrived. He kicked in their door but the heat was too much to bear.

“Nothing but black smoke … we couldn’t get in there,” Barrera said. “We tried our best. It was too hard to get in there.”

SAFD was able to rescue two men from the house. Emergency crews worked hard to revive a 23-year-old man.

Moore said the men suffered from smoke inhalation. One was rushed the hospital; the other man was attended to at the scene before being taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center for treatment.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Barrera said he talked with a family member who claimed the blaze was started by a Christmas tree.

Man Rescued from Parma House Fire


PARMA, Ohio — Firefighters pulled a man through a first-floor bedroom window this morning to rescue him from his burning home.

The fire in the 6300 block of Pelham Drive was reported about 9:30 a.m.

It started in the kitchen and filled the house with smoke, firefighter Doug Turner said.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

The 83-year-old man was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Rescue in Charlotte, NC


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – An elderly woman was injured after a fire ripped through her home Monday night.

The fire happened shortly before 9 p.m. Monday on Porter Street.

According to the Charlotte Fire Department, two people were able to make it out safely and alerted firefighters that the woman was still trapped inside.


“Firefighters went to the bedroom window and removed her through the window,” said Captain Rob Brisley with the Charlotte Fire Department.

Brisley tells NBC Charlotte, when crews arrived nearly the entire home was engulfed in flames.

“The firefighters couldn’t rescue her through the front door,” said Brisley.

The victim was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to Medic.

The cost of the damage is estimated to cost $80,000.  Officials believe the fire started in the kitchen after food was left cooking on the stove.

Thirty-five firefighters were able to douse the blaze in less than 30 minutes.

Rescues in Irmo, SC



Crews are at the scene of a fire at an apartment complex off St. Andrews Road in Irmo.

Smoke from the fire could be seen from  Interstate 26. It was reported at about 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Andrews Apartments, in the 600 block of St. Andrews Road. The apartment building is on Kilbrannon Drive.

Fire officials got the call about a fire with possible entrapment around mid-morning. When they arrived, firefighters said there were three people inside the homeand two of those people were transported to a local hospital.

The conditions of the three people in this case remain unknown.

Only two units were damaged by the flames, but 33 homes are currently without power due to the fire.

Lexington Crime Scene investigators and the county coroner have been called to the scene. The American Red Cross is also on hand to assess the situation and see what services they will need to provide.

WIS has a news team at the scene and is working to get more details on the fire.

Woman Rescued from Fire in Saskatoon


Firefighters in Saskatoon were called to a home at 922 8th Street East last night.
When emergency crews arrived, smoke and flames were shooting out of the house.

They quickly searched the house and found a woman in her 60s inside. She had collapsed from smoke inhalation and is now in the hospital.

Investigators believe the fire started in the kitchen. The fire caused about $150,000 damage.