Rescue in Three Oaks


THREE OAKS — A resident of Oakview Estates in Three Oaks was seriously injured in an early morning fire on Friday, May 16.

Three Oaks Fire Chief Dave Flick said the call from Lot 75 came in at 4:46 a.m., initially as an alarm signal. The first responders to arrive saw it was a structure fire.

Rescued from the smoke-filled home was Dr. Chase Atwood, who Flick said was found near a door in his wheelchair.

Initially Atwood wasn’t moving, but Flick said he soon began attempting to breathe.

“We bagged him, got him going. His pulse and his heartbeat started coming back. Three Oaks Ambulance transported him immediately to Lakeland Hospital in Niles, and from there he was transported to Bronson (in Kalamazoo) by ambulance,” Flick said.

Atwood suffered some second-degree burns on his arms and to a lesser extent on his face, but Flick said the most serious affects of the fire involved smoke inhalation.

As of midday Friday, Flick said Atwood was listed in critical condition at Bronson Hospital.

Flick said the home had six working smoke detectors inside.

Man Rescued from Apartment Fire


SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) – Renee Lewis says she was jolted out of bed when she heard sirens wailing outside her home about 2 a.m. Friday.

“I look out and there’s the street full of EMS and fire trucks,” she said.

Management officials of the Beecher House in downtown Somerset say their residents were evacuated when a fire was spotted in the building.

They say all their residents are over the age of 62 or disabled.

With just a few feet separating her home from the Beecher House, Lewis worried the fire would spread.

“I sat right beside my husband and I waited for a knock on our door telling us to leave,” Lewis said.

According to fire officials, the flames never made it past a room on the seventh floor.

Management officials say a disabled man lived there and was stuck, so he had to be rescued by fire crews.

We’re told he was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what started the fire but they are calling it suspicious, according to management officials.

“It’s very sad because that building is for elderly people,” said Lewis.

Residents were allowed back into their rooms Saturday morning.

Fire officials say there is water and smoke damage on all seven floors of the building

Man Rescued from Confined Space in Hawaii


KAPOLEI, Hawaii —A man was rescued from a cement truck tanker in Kapolei Friday morning, according to fire officials.

The  middle-aged man was performing routine work inside the tank when he felt too weak to climb back out, possibly due to the heat.

Fire officials say the temperature inside was 107 degrees Fahrenheit.

“He was very weak.  Definitely unable to climb out on his own.  He wasn’t feeling too great,” Honolulu Fire Battalion Chief Ken Lee.  “Before rescue even came, we were able to drop oxygen down to him with a mask and instantly he said he felt better.”

Firefighters set up a type of pulley system to hoist the man out of the tank.  He was transported to a local hospital to be checked out.

Man Rescued in Gravenhurst, Ontario

A 31-year-old man had to be rescued after he was found hanging from a 4th floor window after an early morning apartment fire in Gravehurst.

Fire crews were called to 165 Old Muskoka Road shortly before 5 a.m. for a report of a fire in the building. When they arrived they found the man hanging by his fingertips.

Firefighters raised a ladder and were able to raise and rescued the man.

The man was shaken and upset but received no injuries.

The fire was contained to the apartment.

There is no word on what caused the fire.

105 Year Old Woman Rescued from House Fire

TONGANOXIE, Kan. —Firefighters rescued a 105-year-old woman from a house fire early Tuesday morning.

Fire crews were called to the 100 block of E. Sixth Street about 5 a.m.

The woman’s nephew, Jackson Jarrett, lives nearby and told arriving firefighters that his aunt was unable to make it out.

“Thank God the fire department arrived,” he said. “They were able to pull the window open, I told her where she was, they got in there, got her out, got her on a stretcher, got her in the ambulance and of course she didn’t want to go at the time, she’s pretty strong.”

Firefighters said Ann Jarrett was taken to a hospital. Her injuries were not considered life-threatening. Family members said she could be released from the hospital on Wednesday, though her home sustained too much damage for her to go back there.

“(It) definitely turned out to be a whole lot better story than it could have been today, so I’m extremely grateful and feeling blessed,” Jackson Jarrett said.

He said the family is working on figuring out where Ann Jarrett will live once she leaves the hospital.

Investigators said the fire was electrical in nature and likely started because of an overloaded extension cord.

3 rescues in Brighton


Three people are recovering Friday after being rescued from an house fire in Brighton.

Firefighters say the fire started in a first floor apartment on Monroe Avenue near Brooklawn Drive around 1:30 a.m. Officials say smoke detectors woke up the people inside, but heavy smoke and flames made it difficult for the three occupants to escape on their own. After being rescued by firefighters, the residents were transported to Strong Memorial Hospital for evaluation.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

Marysville OH multiple saves

Marysville firefighters were prepared for apartment complex fire….

“When a couch caught fire early Sunday on the second floor of the complex, they were ready. The call came in at 1:07 a.m. from a resident, Phil Ragsdale, who has lived in the complex for about three years. Ragsdale said he heard smoke alarms and stuck his head outside to investigate. Thick, black smoke was pouring into the hallway.

Ragsdale called 911 and ran down the hall, pounding on doors and shouting “Fire! Fire!”

Not 20 minutes later, Ragsdale said, flames were shooting through the roof.

“The fire just spread like it was poured on gasoline,” he said.

There are 47 units in Windsor High Rise, and at 1 a.m. Sunday, when the complex caught fire, all but two were occupied. Many residents had made their way to the lobby, but some were stuck in their apartments.

“We had people hanging out their windows, and knocking on their windows to have us come help them,” Riley said.

Firefighters brought five people down on ladders. They took seven to the hospital, all with minor injuries related to smoke inhalation or chest pains. Riley said he thought that all had been released.”


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Dramatic Rescue in Niagara Falls, Ontario


Suspended by a rope underneath a helicopter, Niagara Parks Police Sgt. Lance Dobbin soared 200 feet above the Niagara River during a dramatic rescue of an injured man Wednesday morning.

Niagara Emergency Medical Services received a 911 call around 9:30 a.m., reporting a man had fallen while hiking in the Niagara Gorge near the Niagara Glen.

Due to the terrain where the man was located, members of the Niagara Parks Police Parks Police high-angle river team used a rescue technique known as helicopter short hauling.

The technique involves suspending a rescuer on a 40-metre rope attached to the bottom of a chopper from Niagara Helicopters and then lowering the person to the site of the injured party.

The short-haul system is used when a rescue operation would be too dangerous or too time consuming to attempt by other means.

Dobbin was lowered into the gorge and the injured man, believed to be about 25, was placed on a stretcher and then both were lifted up to the Niagara Pkwy.

The man was then transferred to a waiting Ornge air ambulance and flown to a Hamilton hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Niagara Parks Police Chief Carl Scott said the man was hiking in the gorge with a relative when the incident occurred.

“He was hiking along the marked trails but then climbed over a rock and lost his footing,” he said. “He fell approximately 30 feet.”

Niagara Falls Fire Department platoon chief Wayne Willett said it took some time to locate the man.

“We weren’t 100% sure where he was originally,” he explained.

“The parks police received a call from the person’s cousin and we were able to get a general location of where they were.”

Firefighters worked alongside paramedics to stabilize the man and place him on a backboard to prepare him to be lifted out by the helicopter.

The parks police said the incident should act as a reminder to people to take precautions when walking in the gorge.

“Always carry a cell phone and bring water,” he said. “Wear proper footwear and clothing and stay on the marked trails. Don’t walk alone.”

Sections of the Niagara Pkwy. were blocked to traffic during the rescue operation so the Ornge ambulance could land near the Niagara Glen.

Short hauling was first developed in Switzerland in the 1960s. The local version of the program started as a joint venture between the Niagara Parks Police and Niagara Helicopters in 2003.

While the technique is practiced regularly, it wasn’t put into practice until 2009 after a man suffered serious leg injuries after falling at the Niagara Glen.

Man Rescued from Structural Collapse in Prince George’s County


At about 1:30 pm, Monday, May 5, 2014 Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medics and Technical Rescue Team responded to the 5000 block of Cumberland Street in Capitol Heights for a roof collapse with a worker injured and trapped.  Upon arrival firefighters found a 1-1/2 story single family home with contractors installing an entire new roof assembly with addition.  For whatever reasons the entire new roof assembly unexpectedly shifted and partially collapsed trapping one of the contractors. The structure has appropriate work permits, both County and City, attached to the front window of the house.


First arriving firefighters were able to remove all the debris covering the injured adult male and started to asses and treat his injuries. The patient appears to have suffered a temporary loss of consciousness among other injuries. Medics ascended the ladder to the roof and initiated pre-hospital treatment of the patient before allowing him to be moved.


The Tech Rescue Team arrived and worked with the Incident Commander and Firefighter/Medics in establishing a plan for packaging the patient and removing him from the roof. The patient was placed on to a backboard and secured into a stokes basket. Ropes were used to lower the patient down a ladder to the ground where paramedics continued to treat the patient.


He was transported to a trauma center with head and internal injuries in serious condition, however, non-life threatening.  The efficient rescue required about 30 minutes.


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Man Rescued in Covington, KY



Firefighters were able to rescue a man from a burning apartment building in Covington, Kentucky on Tuesday morning. Officials say that a brownout had been implemented on the nearest fire department. However, a neighboring department was able to arrive on scene in a timely matter.

Firefighters say that an ongoing dispute with the city has not been solved. Since 2011, fire stations in Covington have been under brownouts.

Firefighters were called to the 700 block of Greenup Street around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday morning. Officials say the blaze started when a couch caught fire at an apartment building for senior citizens.

Crews say that first responders arrived within three minutes. Firefighters were able to quickly contain the fire and rescue a man caught in a second floor hallway.

“Well, we had quite a few fire trucks and firemen here. They stopped the traffic so they could tend to business,” explains Halle Gaskins, a resident of the apartment building.

Despite the brownout, residents are happy with the response from authorities.

“They were quick to respond and very courteous,” says Gaskins. “Nobody freaked out because of their demeanor. Very good and very professional.”

The man rescued from the fire was treated at the scene. He is expected to make a full recovery.