Orland firefighters rescued a woman and her dog from her burning home Saturday evening, officials said.
Firefighters responded at 6:34 p.m. to a call about smoke coming from a home on the 14000 block of Aspen Street in Orland Park this evening, said Orland Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Bill Bonnar.
Firefighters arrived and found heavy fire and smoke coming from the front room area of the single-story home, Bonnar said.
An off-duty lieutenant who was in the area shopping for food heard the call on his radio and did a walkaround of the home, Bonnar said.
Through the heavy smoke, the off-duty lieutenant “was able to see the legs of a victim,” Bonnar said.
When another engine arrived at the scene, firefighters from that engine went into the bedroom, where another lieutenant grabbed the victim and handed her through the window to the other firefighters at the scene.
She was “still breathing, but in bad shape,” Bonnar said, and taken to Palos Community Hospital in critical condition. From there, she was helicoptered to Loyola University Medical Center.
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Firefighters also pulled a dog from the burning home and resucitated it then took the dog to an emergency vet in Mokena, Bonnar said.
The woman is believed to be middle-aged, according to what neighbors told the firefighters. The fire’s cause remains under investigation.
“We had the fire under control in 20 minutes but it did extensive damage to the home,” Bonnar said.
Bonnar praised the men who responded at the scene.
“They did an excellent job,” Bonnar said, repeating the words for emphasis.