Dive Rescue in Miami Dade

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Shortly after 3 pm this afternoon, MDFR responded to a car in canal at NE 192 Street just West of 26 Avenue in North Miami Dade. Two good samaritans tried to help the elderly woman driver but were unsuccessful after the car became fully submerged. MDFR rescue scuba divers arrived within minutes and were able to rescue the woman who was transported to the hospital in stable condition. Divers reentered the canal to check for other vehicle occupants.

Cobb county Ga. technical rescue

In Cobb County Georgia, a 70-foot, red oak tree split the roof of a home on Sugar Creek Drive, off Powder Springs Road, near Marietta, around 3:30 p.m., according to Lt. Dan Dupree with the Cobb fire department. Neighbors called 911, but were unable to help the women before firefighters arrived.

James O’Neal told Channel 2 Action News he could see the women, but couldn’t get to them.

“The whole tree was laying across their legs,” O’Neal said.

Firefighters were able to rescue the two women, whose names were not released. One was more seriously injured and was flown to a hospital. The second was transported by ambulance for treatment.

More of the story with video here: http://m.ajc.com/news/news/breaking-news/2-injured-when-tree-lands-cobb-county-home/nfbCS/

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Memphis Tn rescues family

(Memphis) A family of four was rescued from their burning in Whitehaven on Haleville Road.

Neighbors said they woke up to screams.

“[The mother] was screaming for help from a window,” said neighbor Ariel Anderson. “All I could think about was the kids.”

Neighbors rescued two children, 15 and 7 years old, but couldn’t get the mother and 11-year-old.

“We kept trying to pull her, but it was like she was slipping,” said Anderson.

When firefighters got to the scene, they pulled the mother and 11-year-old out of a window in the back of the home.

More of the story and video here

Fountain Co. rescue

People woke up to screams for help in Fountain Wednesday morning. A fire and heavy smoke trapped three people inside of an apartment complex.

They were rescued by Fountain firefighters and treated for smoke inhalation. It all started because of a heating pad.

“I kept hearing ‘help me, help me.’ I said, somebody is screaming for help so I came in here got the phone, called the police department,” said Shirley Archuleta, who was saved from the fire.

“The whole thing was in flames. It was pretty crazy,” said Alanea Vandivner, a neighbor who rushed outside to help.

Three people were trapped inside Fountain View Apartments.

If the Fountain Fire Station wasn’t just around the corner, it could have ended much differently.

“We had firefighter start rescuing people and another crew go and start knocking the fire down. Had this been in a different location in the city where we don’t have fire stations, the outcome could have been much worse,” said Fountain Fire Chief, Darin Anstine.

During the rescue the ceiling collapsed on a fire fighter. He was quickly pulled out and is doing okay.

Video report here

Woman Rescued from House Fire in Bethlehem, NC

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BETHLEHEM, NC — A woman was airlifted to a Winston-Salem hospital after she was overcome with smoke in her Bethlehem home Tuesday.

And fire investigators said they think the fire was intentionally set.

Bethlehem Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Jeff Davis said Kimberly Stiles suffered smoke inhalation. She was flown to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, fire officials said.

Mark Earle, deputy fire marshal for Alexander County, said it appears the fire was intentionally set by Stiles. Stiles is the only one who lives at the home, according to family and fire officials.

There was evidence of a flammable liquid having been poured down the hallway from the bedroom to the living room. Damage to the home was estimated at $1,000, Earle said.

Davis said when firefighters got to the split-level home all they saw was smoke.

Robert Stiles showed up at the scene and said the woman airlifted is his sister, Stiles, 51.

“ We don’t know anything at all, really,” Robert Stiles said.

He said his sister lives by herself with two small dogs and two cats. Davis said the pets were fine when they got to the home.

Robert Stiles said his sister called him and said the house was on fire. His wife called 911 and they told her to get out. His wife called Kimberly Stiles back and she told Robert’s wife she couldn’t get out of the house.

Davis said a sheriff’s deputy went to Kimberly Stiles’ home to check on her and saw smoke coming from the home. Earle said a deputy tried to kick in a door and enter the home but there was too much smoke.

WSOC Channel 9 said the woman was rescued after firefighters broke through a second-floor window and took her down a ladder. In addition to smoke inhalation, Earle said the woman reportedly had burns on one of her arms.

Robert Stiles said the home was where the two siblings grew up and their parents left the home to Kimberly Stiles.

No charges have been filed in the case, Earle said. He said any charges will be up to the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and the district attorney.

Bethlehem Fire and Rescue responded to the fire, with Wittenburg Fire Department and Ellendale Fire Department lending mutual aid.

Woman Rescued from Suffolk, VA House Fire

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SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A two-alarm fire ripped through a home in Suffolk early Tuesday morning.

Diana Klink with the City of Suffolk said the fire sparked around 12:40 a.m. in the 200 block of Holladay Street in the Olde Town neighborhood. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found heavy smoke and fire at the back of the home.

A woman was trapped on the first floor of the home. Klink said firefighters rescued her from the building and she was transported to Sentara Obici Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Another woman was also transported to the hospital, but her condition is unknown.

The home suffered heavy smoke and fire damage. Five adults and one child are being helped by the American Red Cross at this time.

Additionally, another home next door suffered damage to the side of the building. The home was evacuated and the six residents will be staying with relatives, Klink said. A vehicle was also damaged.

Another residence nearby containing four apartments was also evacuated, but the residents were able to return to their homes.

No firefighters were injured and the cause remains under investigation at this time.

Multiple Rescues in Chicago

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Raw Footage:

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Firefighters-Cop-Hurt-in-West-Pullman-Fire-255420271.html

Six people, including two firefighters and a police officer, were hurt Tuesday evening in a fire in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side.

Emergency crews responded about 6:10 p.m. to the two-story frame building in the 11600 block of South Michigan Avenue, Fire Media Affairs Chief Larry Langford said.

Authorities initially received reports of a person trapped and called for several ambulances after finding multiple people hurt when they arrived, Langford said.

Bernard Jones said he helped rescue a boy on the second floor.

“The little boy was hanging, and we told him to jump, everyone just came in at the same time, so he basically just landed across all our arms,” Jones said.

Two firefighters suffered non-life-threatening smoke inhalation injuries, he said. One was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, and another to Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers in Evergreen Park.

A police officer also suffering from smoke inhalation was taken to MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island in good condition, Langford said.

At least three other civilians also suffered smoke inhalation, and were taken in good condition to area hospitals, Langford said, citing preliminary information.

At least one person also suffered a hip injury, he said. Some of the injured were also treated at Advocate Trinity Hospital, in addition to Christ, Little Company and MetroSouth Hospitals, he said.

Eddie Simmons lives in the home but was at the store when the building caught fire.

“Everything I own is gone. Right now I have to find somewhere to go,” Simmons said.

Man Rescued from House Fire in Toronto

A 71-year-old man is in hospital in stable condition after a one-alarm fire on Palmerston Avenue near College Street.

Emergency responders received a call at 6:39 a.m. after neighbours noticed smoke in a second floor bedroom window.

Firefighters had to force their way into the home and rescue the man, who lives alone, after a fire broke out in the bedroom.

Fire crews knocked down the fire on the second floor and the man was taken to Toronto Western Hospital with unknown injuries.

District Chief Dan Sell told CP24’s Cam Woolley that there was not a working smoke detector in the home.

“Had the occupants next door not noticed… this could have been a fatality,” he said.

Rochester Minn. rescue

A man was sent to the hospital after he was found unconscious in the basement of Rooster’s Barn & Grill in Rochester.

Just before 10:00 Monday morning the Rochester Fire Department responded to a report of a man collapsed in the basement. Employees noticed a “hissing” sound coming from the basement of the bar. The carbon dioxide (CO2) system that puts the fizz into the carbonated beverages and powers the bar taps is housed in the basement and was said to be leaking.

The employees tried to shut off the CO2 tanks but found they were having trouble breathing and turned around. One employee, 63 year old male, was overcome by the lack of oxygen and high level of CO2 and collapsed.

Deputy Chief Belau says the patrons and other employees who became aware of the emergency, heroically tried to get into the basement and pull the victim out of the basement, but were turned back because they found they were unable to breathe. Firefighters placed the unresponsive man in the care of Gold Cross Ambulance who transported the man to Mayo Clinic Saint Mary’s Campus. No one else required medical care.

More here & video report here

Rescues is Colorado

http://www.krdo.com/news/three-people-trapped-in-fountain-apartment-fire/25396378

 

FOUNTAIN, Colo. –

People woke up to screams for help in Fountain Wednesday morning. A fire and heavy smoke trapped three people inside of an apartment complex.

They were rescued by Fountain firefighters and treated for smoke inhalation. It all started because of a heating pad.

“I kept hearing ‘help me, help me.’ I said, somebody is screaming for help so I came in here got the phone, called the police department,” said Shirley Archuleta, who was saved from the fire.

“The whole thing was in flames. It was pretty crazy,” said Alanea Vandivner, a neighbor who rushed outside to help.

Three people were trapped inside Fountain View Apartments.

If the Fountain Fire Station wasn’t just around the corner, it could have ended much differently.

“We had firefighter start rescuing people and another crew go and start knocking the fire down. Had this been in a different location in the city where we don’t have fire stations, the outcome could have been much worse,” said Fountain Fire Chief, Darin Anstine.

During the rescue the ceiling collapsed on a fire fighter. He was quickly pulled out and is doing okay.

The apartment is a total loss. The fire department says it started from a heating pad.

“I’m really surprised it was a heating pad. I can’t even believe a heating pad would do that. I mean I was ready to pack up and just go in my car, I was that scared. I thought it was going to fly right across into mine,” said Vandivner.

“All the smoke was like…oh my gosh, I couldn’t breathe,” said Archuleta.

Although Shirley is a little shook up, and has some cleaning to do, her neighbor wasn’t so lucky.

“I just hope she is okay and if she needs anything I’m pretty sure everybody will look out for her,” said Walter Elijah Moore, another neighbor.

Red Cross arrived after the fire and is working with the woman on finding her a place to stay.