Rope Rescue in Hamilton, Ontario


More than two dozen firefighters took part in a rope rescue at Tew’s Falls Sunday, after a woman tumbled down a 25-metre distance.

Claudio Mostacci, public information officer for the Hamilton Fire Department, told CBC News that the woman had been walking with a group of other people when she fell. Another member of the group called 911 at about 4:07 p.m.

The fall involved “some free-falling,” he said, but the woman tumbled along portions of the cliff before coming to a rest.

Mostacci said that firefighters managed to get her to the top at about 6:19 p.m. She was conscious and talking.

The woman was transported to Hamilton General Hospital.

Rescue in Ann Arbor


A house fire in Ann Arbor Saturday morning injured at least two residents, including one who had to be rescued from the burning home. One of the injured was reported to be in critical condition.

A dog died in the fire.

Ann Arbor Police Sergeant Shane Dennis said the whole front portion of the house in the 2900 block of Shady Lane was in flames and one person was still inside when units arrived.

“We got a call for a structure fire that was fully involved and when we got here someone was still in the building,” Dennis said. “Officers were able to pull her out the back door and she’s been transported to the hospital.”

As of 9:50 a.m., the fire had been extinguished and all residents — two adults and one child had been evacuated.

HVA spokeswoman Karen Gabrys said two people were taken to the University of Michigan hospital. One was in critical condition; the other in stable condition, she said.

Ann Arbor Fire Battalion Chief Kevin Cook also said one firefighter was taken to the hospital with a twisted ankle. A police officer on the scene was also receiving medical attention Saturday morning.

The Ann Arbor police and fire department along with four other fire departments and four units from Huron Valley Ambulance responded to a residential structure fire at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday. The home is just off Packard Street on the city’s south side.

Neighbor Kelly Turk said she woke up to screaming and came outside to see the house next door in flames.

“I heard really loud bangs and yelling so I came outside and they were screaming at the top of their lungs in the front lawn,” Turk said.

Besides Ann Arbor fire and police departments, fire departments from Superior Township, Ypsilanti Township, Pittsfield Township and the City of Ypsilanti responded to the fire.

As of 10 a.m. officials were still at the scene.

The cause of the fire is not immediately clear. Officials were continuing their investigation.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Child Rescued from Fire in Covington, KY


A Covington domestic dispute turned into a shooting and then a fire at a mobile home park overnight, police officials said.

Officers were called to 4543 Amber Drive at 12:45 a.m. Monday after receiving a report of a man, 32, shot in the arm during a domestic violence incident, said Covington Assistant Police Chief Bryan Carter.

When police tried to make contact with the man they thought might be responsible, he retreated into his trailer and set it on fire, according to Covington Police.

He tried to escape but was apprehended by officers.

A small child was in the trailer and rescued on scene, police said.

The fire was quickly put out, but the trailer is considered a total loss.

Rescue in San Antonio


SAN ANTONIO — A man is in the hospital after he had to be rescued from a house fire on the west side.

It happened in the 7000 block of Pipers Way around 4:30 Sunday morning.

According to firefighters the house was fully engulfed when they got on scene. The house had burglar bars and they had to break through a window to rescue the man.

The man suffered burns and smoke inhalation.  A dog was also rescued from the blaze.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Water Rescue in Ottawa, Ontario


City firefighters pulled a man from the Rideau River late Monday night.

Rescue crews were called to the area of Donald St. and North River Rd., at about 11 p.m., after reports that a man had jumped into the river. They arrived moments later and launched north of that location, as updates indicated the man was floating downstream.

A fire rescue boat located the man near the St. Patrick St. bridge and he was successfully rescued, then transferred into the care of city paramedics on shore near the Cummings Bridge.

He was not believed to have been seriously injured.

4 Rescued in Chicago


Firefighters rescued four people, including a young child, after a suspicious blaze started burning in the hallway of a South Shore neighborhood apartment building Monday afternoon.

Chicago Police Officer Eric Hendrix holds a baby that had been rescued from a still and box alarm fire with an EMS Plan1 ambulance response at 7020 S. Jeffery. Monday, May 12, 2014. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Emergency officials were called about 2:40 p.m. to a seven-story walkup in the 7000 block of South Jeffery Boulevard, Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said.

A woman in a second-floor unit heard her smoke detector go off and called 911 after she found a fire in the hallway in front of her door, blocking her only exit, Langford said.

Firefighters put ladders up the front of the building and rescued the woman after bringing a young girl, about 4, to safety, he said.

Crews also rescued two other adults from a rear-facing unit, Langford said. No one was injured.

The heavy fire burned through the woman’s door, and filled the building with smoke, Langford said.

The blaze is considered suspicious, and both the Office of Fire Investigations and police Bomb and Arson Unit are looking into the cause, he said.

Rescues in Great Falls

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GREAT FALLS — Great Falls Fire Rescue responded to a fire in an apartment building in downtown Great Falls on Thursday afternoon.

The fire was reported a little after 3:30 p.m. in the Curry building at 112 6th Street North, directly behind the Mid-Town Motel and Perkins Restaurant.

Firefighters say it started on the second floor, and two people were rescued from the building — one from the second floor and one from the third.

That person on the third floor was an elderly woman who was taken down by ladder.

Both of them suffered from smoke inhalation and some burns, and were taken to Benefis hospital.

Nathan Stillsmoking was nearby when the fire broke out; he had just left the building when he smelled smoke, and then he called 911.

Stillsmoking said that one of his friends, Jeffrey, then went inside the building to help evacuate residents, knocking on doors and helping people get out safely.

All residents of the complex evacuated the building.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, nor is the extent of the damage to the building.

Rescue in Greenburgh


An explosion rocked a condominium at historic St. Andrew’s Golf Club on Wednesday, moments after firefighters rescued a seriously injured woman trapped in an elevator.

The apparent gas explosion occurred while Ardsley and Hastings-on-Hudson firefighters battled a blaze that had broken out just after 8:30 a.m. at 25 Turnberry Drive, condominiums that border the St. Andrew’s golf course off Old Jackson Avenue, officials said.

Firefighters freed the woman from the elevator on the second floor and were handing the 72-year-old off to other emergency workers for treatment when the building exploded, police said. Responders were on the scene for hours, bringing the situation under control by early afternoon with no other serious injuries reported, officials said.

The unidentified woman was taken to Westchester Medical Center to be treated for smoke inhalation. She was in guarded condition, officials said.

Rescue in Columbia, S.C.


— A resident of Olympia was taken to the hospital after she was rescued from her burning home by two good Samaritans Friday afternoon.

When Columbia Fire Department units arrived at 1316 Dover Street they found the front of the mobile home engulfed in flames and smoke; The homeowner was being assisted by two people in the front yard, fire department spokesman Brick Lewis said in a news release.

The two strangers were driving through the area when they noticed the mobile home fire and stopped to help.

A dog was also rescued from the burning structure and revived, Lewis said

In all, three people have been displaced by the fire which did substantial damage to the home.

The cause of the blaze has not been determined.

Hartsdale Firefighters Rescue Woman


Neighbor Dennis Malfa said Chu was a mathematician, and had lived in the home at 7 Frost Lane since 1967.

Hartsdale Fire Chief Ed Rush said the fire started accidentally while Chu was cooking in the kitchen. He said his body was found there, and that the stove was still on.

“It appears something happened while he was cooking,” Rush said.

His wife, Nan Chu, was in a bedroom when the fire broke out. Officials said the neighbor heard her banging on the bedroom window about 6:05 a.m.

When firefighters arrived, “there was a good amount of fire in the house,” Rush said. The fire was also very smoky. Firefighters used thermal imaging cameras to locate the wife, who was unconscious in the bedroom.

Twenty-five firefighters from Hartsdale, Greenville, Fairview and Scarsdale extinguished the two-alarm fire in the raised ranch house in 10 minutes. Elmsford and Eastchester firefighters manned firehouses.

There was quite a bit of fire damage, mainly on the first floor, Rush said.

Malfa described Chu as a “nice old man.” His wife had worked as a chemist. He said they were a quiet couple.

“I never saw them much,” Malfa said.

A senior citizen bus would come and pick them up, he said, and a Meals on Wheels truck drove up with food for them Monday even as firefighters were still at the house.

Another neighbor, George Selkirk, said the Chus had been one of the first families to move to the block. John Chu had a spinal condition and fell down in the neighborhood a couple of times, Selkirk said. But, “his mind was there,” Selkirk said.

The house’s lack of smoke detectors is “a really big problem,” Rush said.

The Hartsdale Fire Department has been promoting smoke detectors among elderly residents and giving free detectors to them, Rush said