CALDWELL — Firefighters saved an elderly couple from a house fire on Elm Street in Caldwell late Tuesday. Caldwell Battalion Chief Tim Scott said the man was taken to ICU at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center.
Scott said Caldwell and Middleton fire crews responded to a structure fire at 11:40 p.m. for a home located at 203 Elm Street. He said flames and smoke were billowing out of a bedroom window when firefighters arrived, and a woman appeared in the doorway of the home.
“Firefighters went into rescue mode, and the woman told us her husband was still inside,” Scott said.
Firefighters rushed into the home and rescued the man, who was laying on the living room floor. Scott said the man initially was aware of the fire and awoke his wife to leave the home, but he was overcome by the smoke and passed out before reaching the door.
Scott said rescue crews intubated the man for severe smoke inhalation before he and the woman were rushed to West Valley Medical Center, where the woman was treated and released. The man was later transported to Saint Alphonsus.
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