An elderly couple was hospitalized late Tuesday after a fire broke out in a bedroom of their Caldwell home. The man rescued from the home was still unconscious when he was transported, said Caldwell Battalion Chief Tim Scott.
The man was transferred from a Caldwell hospital to the Intensive Care Unit at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, where he was listed in serious but stable condition Wednesday morning, Scott said.
Firefighters were dispatched at 11:30 p.m. to a one-story home with a basement in the 200 block of Elm Street. Smoke and flames were visible when firefighters arrived, Scott said. A woman appeared in the front doorway and told firefighters her husband was still inside.
“They made entry into the house and found him in the living room,” Scott said. The man was on the floor. Firefighters pulled him out of the house and immediately began emergency medical care.
“It was a heroic effort. The two guys that went in gave the guy a fighting chance,” Scott said.
Three dogs inside the house also were rescued; one was given oxygen. All are safe and at a neighbor’s house. Both the man and his wife were transported to West Valley Medical Center.
Scott said the origin of the fire was a bedroom, and the cause remains under investigation. He said there were no obvious causes, such as smoking materials or a space heater.
There were no smoke detectors in the home, Scott said. The house will not be habitable until repairs and cleaning can be done, so the couple is temporarily displaced.