Rescue in Alexander, N.C.



A woman was rescued Tuesday from her burning home in the Bethlehem area of Alexander County, according to firefighters.

The woman was rescued from the second story of her home. Heavy smoke was coming from her home at the time.

Firefighters and sheriff’s deputies went up to the second floor to rescue her and then came out a window and down a ladder.

The woman was flown to a hospital.

Reporter Dave Faherty is at the scene and will have the latest on Eyewitness News.

Rescue in Phoenix


PHOENIX — Firefighters believed a knocked-over candle started a fire that put a man in the hospital and killed a dog early Friday morning.

It happened at a home in the area of 13th Avenue and Sherman Street, which is north of Buckeye Road. Crews said it started in a makeshift shed behind the house. The room did not have any electricity.

Firefighters said there was quite a bit of stuff in the house to fuel the fire.

Four people, one of them in a wheelchair, were home when the fire started. A woman rescued the man in the wheelchair, pulling him from the burning home. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

A second man reportedly fled the scene right after the fire started.

No other injuries were reported.

Rescue in Huntsville, Ala


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAAY) – Investigators are trying to figure out what started a Thursday morning apartment fire off of Bailey Cove Road.

Firefighters responded to Willowbrook Apartments just after 10 a.m. Thursday for a fire. They were able to rescue a woman and her dog from the apartment and get the fire out.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Rescues in Tulsa


Two women were transported to an area hospital Friday after a fire broke out at a townhome in south Tulsa.

Crews with the Tulsa Fire Department were notified of the blaze early Friday morning near 71st and Yale. It was there that they found flames coming from the roof of the building.

At the scene firefighters told KTUL that two women were rescued from the townhome. But both received burns to their hands and feet.

Two firemen also were treated at the scene for steam burns they received during the fire attack.

It is believed that a candle may have sparked the fire. An investigation will determine an exact cause.

Five fire trucks were sent to the scene at the time of the incident.

Rescue in Olathe, KS


OLATHE, Kan. — Firefighters rescued a woman after a fire swept through her home in the 2000 block of East Mohawk in Olathe, Kan. The 911 call came in just before 7 Friday morning with news that two people were trapped inside.

A man and the family dog were outside when crews arrived, but the woman was trapped on the first floor.

“Thankful the firefighters were able to grab her pull her out of there,” Public Information Officer, Mike Hall, said. “Everybody is doing okay right now.”

Hall said they were both “very lucky.”

“This is a great reminder, everybody go home test your smoke alarms by simply pressing the test button,” he said.

Investigators are checking out the cause of the fire, which caused significant damage to the home. The Red Cross is helping the couple figure out what their next step will be since the home was heavily damaged.

Firefighters responded to a two-alarm house fire Friday morning in the 2000 block of East Mohawk Drive in Olathe, Kan.

Police dispatch said everyone is out of the house. Firefighters rescued one woman from the burning home. No word on injuries.

Rescues in Berlin, Maryland


A mother and her 6-year-old daughter were rescued from a burning home Thursday evening in the 100 block of Branch St.

Berlin resident Tocarra Derrickson, 31, was in critical but stable condition Friday morning at the Bayview Burn Center in Baltimore. Her daughter was not injured.

Two Berlin police officers were treated for smoke inhalation and two firefighters were treated for minor injuries following the fire in the two-story home about 6 p.m. Fire companies from Berlin, Showell, Ocean City, Ocean Pines and Newark responded to the blaze.

“The damage to the house was severe,” said Worcester County Fire Marshal Jeff McMahon.

McMahon said the fire is still under investigation. Just before firefighters arrived, two Berlin police officers rescued the child by breaking a window and pulling her to safety. Heavy smoke and flames were venting from the front of the home.

Derrickson, who was on the phone with 911, was trapped on the second floor, McMahon said. She collapsed but was rescued by firefighters. She was taken to Atlantic General Hospital and then Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Early Friday she was transferred to the burn center, according to McMahon.

McMahon said the fire was centered in the living room area of the five-bedroom home, which is owned by Derrickson’s parents, Gerald and Marcelle Derrickson. Derrickson and her daughter were the only ones home at the time of the fire.

Woman Rescued from Fire in Troy, NY


TROY — Firefighters rescued a bedridden woman from a burning three-story building Thursday afternoon, officials said.

Firefighters carried the woman out of the burning structure in a wheelchair, Fire Chief Tom Garrett said.

The fire apparently began in the rear of the building at 554 Fourth St.

Two aerial ladders were among the seven pieces of fire equipment at the scene, on the corner of Fourth and Harrison streets.

Heavy smoke poured from the building, which is diagonally across from the Troy Police South Station.

Garrett said the fire crews did an excellent job in getting the fire under control and saving the building.

Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan said all residents were safely evacuated from the premises.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Garrett said.

Man Rescued in The Bronx

Firefighters rescued an 80-year-old man from a fire in his Morrisania high rise building this evening.

The fire broke out at 6 p.m. in an 11th floor apartment at 1175 Findlay Ave.

Battalion Chief Rob Lombardo said firefighters found the man unconscious behind his door from smoke inhalation. He also suffered burns from the fire, which started when a mattress caught fire.

The victim was pulled from the apartment and rushed to the burn unit at Jacobi Medical Center where he is in stable condition.

The fire was contained to the apartment. It is still under investigation.

Grab in Milwaukee


A man who was pulled from his burning Milwaukee duplex on Thursday has died and — as was the case last week in another fatal fire — his residence did not have working smoke detectors.

Milwaukee firefighters found Leo E. Roethig, 78, in a second-floor bedroom of a burning duplex in the 5300 block of W. Nash St. He didn’t have a pulse and was not breathing.

Fire department paramedics were able to revive him and took him to Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare St. Joseph’s hospital, where he died Friday.

Two new smoke detectors were found unopened in the man’s residence, Deputy Chief Terry Lintonen said. The lower unit in the duplex had a smoke detector in the hallway, but it didn’t have batteries. Three people in that unit were displaced and assisted by the Red Cross.

“We as a department view this as so important, particularly when children are present,” Lintonen said. “Early detection is so important, and it will absolutely save lives. Several people have been severely injured or killed, and it’s just not necessary.”

The fire department operates a smoke detector hotline for Milwaukee residents to call if they need a smoke detector or need help installing it.

Last year, Milwaukee reached a record low of two victims of fatal house fires, compared with eight in 2012 and 11 in 2011. The four fatalities recorded in 2010 had been the lowest annual total since the Milwaukee Fire Department began keeping track of fire fatalities about 55 years ago.

Arson suspected

Three fires that burned a vacant day care and two garages early Friday are being investigated as related arson cases, a police spokesman said.

Milwaukee fire and police investigators combed through evidence Friday at the vacant Dreamland Child Care Center, located inside the Silver Mill Mall at 6205 N. Teutonia Ave.

The fire began about 4 a.m. and was quickly extinguished. Total damage was estimated at $25,000, fire officials said.

The day care moved about two months ago to a new location and the building had been vacant since then, an employee at Dreamland Child Care Center on Center St. said.

As firefighters were working to extinguish that fire, two garage fires were reported just behind them about 4:45 a.m.

The garages were in the 6100 blocks of N. 35th and N. 36th streets. No one was injured in the trio of fires.

If you are a Milwaukee resident and need a smoke detector, call the Milwaukee Fire Department’s hotline, (414) 286-8980.

Duluth Firefighters Rescue 2 People from Burning House

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Duluth firefighters rescued two people from a burning home Friday afternoon in the city’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.

The two people pulled from the home at 603 N. 23rd Avenue West just after 1 p.m. were transported to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center; information on their conditions was not immediately available.

the scene found fire coming from the front door and a window, and heavy smoke at the rear of the house. The initial crew entered the front door to start battling the flames.

Additional crews arriving on scene found a male victim hanging out a rare first-floor window; crews used a ladder to rescue that victim from the window. He told firefighters there was a second person still in the home, on the second floor.

Firefighters accessed the second floor from inside and outside the structure; a firefighter who climbed a ladder to reach a rear bedroom found the second victim in heavy smoke.

The first victim was transported to the hospital by Duluth police; the second victim was transported by Gold Cross Ambulance.

The fire department did not have any information on the identities or conditions of the two victims.

Crews had the fire under control about 25 minutes after arriving on the scene. The home suffered heavy smoke and fire damage, estimated at $30,000 to the structure and its contents.

More than 20 firefighters responded to the scene from stations in West Duluth, downtown and Lincoln Park.

Firefighters remained on the scene for more than two hours. They planned to return to the scene for additional salvage and overhaul work once investigators completed their work at the scene.