Defuniak Springs Fla. rescue

WALTON COUNTY– On September 4, DeFuniak Springs Fire officials responded to a structure fire off of Highway 331, but when they arrived on scene, this case was different than most.

Inside the home was a 91-year-old World War II veteran stuck among the flames.

It was just a normal shift for DeFuniak Springs Firefighter James Stultz, responding to a structure fire in the middle of the night.

But when he arrived on scene, the sense of urgency was not just focused on putting out the fire. A person was still stuck inside the home.

Andrew Thompson, 91, and his caretaker were both in the home when the fire started,

Thompson’s care-taker was trying to get him out of the home, but the smoke was too much for her to handle…

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Fort Wayne Rescues

Sept. 15–A person was in critical condition after being rescued by the Fort Wayne Fire Department from a smoke-filled apartment early Monday morning.

At around 12:23 a.m. the Fort Wayne Fire Department responded to a possible structure fire at 5653 Woodshire Drive. When they arrived they didn’t see any flames, but after they entered the two-story building firefighters saw smoke rolling from under the bottom of the door of a first-floor apartment. Crews forced entry into the apartment where they found one person in the heavy smoke-filled apartment.

The victim was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. One other person and a dog were evacuated by the FWFD and the eight apartments cleared. The fire was found in the apartment’s kitchen area. Firefighters had the blaze under control by 12:55 a.m.

No additional injuries were reported. Those residents displaced by the fire were helped by the apartment complex management. As of press time, the cause of the fire remains under investigation. Three Rivers Ambulance Authority and Fort Wayne Police Department assisted at the scene.

Rescues in Bridgeport- Dramatic Footage

BRIDGEPORT — A mother remains in critical condition after she and her 2-year-old daughter were rescued from a fire in an apartment building.

Marisol Estrada, 43, remains at Bridgeport Hospital, a city public safety spokesman said Monday. Her daughter, Allianna Roman, also was in critical condition Sunday. Updated information about the child’s condition was not available Monday.

Emergency crews responded to the blaze at 223 Washington Ave. around 12:30 a.m. When they arrived, they found residents escaping the four-story brick building but learned there were still other people inside.

Even before lines were charged with water, firefighters entered the building and rescued two elderly people from the building, as well as the mother and 2-year-old girl who were inside the second-floor apartment where the fire started, according to a written release by a spokesman for the Bridgeport police and fire departments.

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Estrada, who was unconscious, and her daughter were located by firefighters in “severe fire conditions with flames rolling on the ceiling above them,” the statement said. Both were taken through a window to an aerial ladder and ground ladders.

The child’s father, Jose Roman, 53, was outside and alerted firefighters that his family members were still inside. He also was injured; Roman was listed in good condition late Sunday at Bridgeport Hospital, the statement said. Another person was also taken to the same hospital and later released.

The child was flown to Shriners Hospital in Boston.

Fire officials and Mayor Bill Finch praised the effort, which came two days after the department battled a 5-alarm fire in the East End.

“It’s been a tough week for firefighters in Bridgeport that has put them to an unforeseen test,” Finch said in the release. “These firefighters will say they were ‘just doing their jobs.’ I disagree. I say their actions were heroic.”

Rescues in Allen Park, Mich.


ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — One person died and several others were injured Monday after an early morning blaze at a senior citizen housing complex in suburban Detroit, and about two dozen people were rescued by ladder — including several who were hanging out of second-floor apartments when firefighters arrived, authorities said.

Six to 12 people were taken to hospitals following the fire at the two-story Leo Paluch complex in Allen Park, Fire Chief Doug LaFond said. LaFond’s mother was among the people rescued by ladder, he said.

The name of the person who died and the conditions of those taken from the scene weren’t immediately released.

Jeannette Bazinet, 63, told The Detroit News that she was about the get out of bed when she heard someone running door to door yelling “fire, fire.”

“I grabbed my dog, I grabbed my purse and out the door I went,” Bazinet said.

In all, authorities said more than 60 people were evacuated following the roughly 5 a.m. fire. The complex filled with smoke during the fire, making it difficult for those inside to see. The fire had been extinguished by later Monday morning. The cause was under investigation.

LaFond said the fire crews that responded “saved a lot of lives.” Some people were removed from the complex in wheelchairs or on stretchers.

The building had doors designed to prevent the spread of fire on each apartment that were installed about two years ago, preventing the fire from spreading more, the Detroit Free Press reported. The Salvation Army was called to assist as officials worked to line up housing for those displaced by the fire.

Worried family members, including Debbie Blalock, rushed to the complex.

“It was very scary,” Blalock told The News as her 84-year-old mother, Flo Wallace, sat nearby in a library, where some residents went for shelter.

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Burlington Rope Rescue


Burlington firefighters had to effect a high-angle rope rescue of a woman in her 20s after she had fallen off a cliff at Mount Nemo this afternoon.

Although an Ornge helicopter was initially called to the scene, the order was later cancelled.

After rescuers reached the woman, she was placed in a stokes basket and then hauled up the side of the escarpment by a team of firefighters.

Once raised to the top, Halton EMS paramedics assessed the woman’s condition before preparing her to be transported by ambulance.

She was taken to Joseph Brant Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries

Rope Rescue in Durham, N.C.

Durham firefighters rescued a man who fell into a concrete pit Sunday.

Firefighters say the man fell into the pit outside the Henderson Towers on South Duke Street.

Crews strapped him onto a board, then hoisted him up a ladder.

The man was conscious when rescuers arrived.

No word yet on how badly he was hurt, or how he fell into the pit.

Rope Rescue in Calif.

Firefighters rescued a 60-year-old man trapped in a car 100 feet down from state Highway 4 in Hercules, reports The San Francisco Chronicle.

Firefighters from Contra Costa County, Rodeo-Hercules and Pinole responded to a report of an accident shortly after 8 a.m. They found the vehicle on top of a drainage pipe about 100 feet down an embankment from the road, officials said.

The car, a Toyota SUV, went down the embankment after it lost control, hit a guardrail and overturned, they said.

Firefighters used a rope rescue system to bring the man to the road, where he was airlifted to a local hospital. He suffered serious injuries to the head, chest, and extremities, they said. The man had surgery and is still in critical condition, said Steve Akre, acting battalion chief of the Pinole Fire Department

Halifax Firefighters Rescue Woman


A woman was uninjured in a fire at her East Ship Harbour home Friday morning.

Firefighters found the woman upstairs in the one-and-a-half-storey home while a fire burned downstairs, but gave firefighters some hassle when they tried to rescue her, division commander Mike Blackburn said.

“We have reason to believe she may have known fire was going on the first floor, and (she) wasn’t co-operative with firefighters when we did arrive,” Blackburn said.

RCMP spokeswoman Const. Heidi Stevenson said the woman was detained under the Involuntary Psychiatric Assessment Act and is being assessed in hospital. The woman was alert and conscious when removed from the home, Stevenson said.

The fire started in a stove and spread from there, but there is no indication that the fire was intentional, Stevenson said.

Firefighters from three stations were called to the scene on Highway 7 just after 10:30 a.m. after someone down the street reported smoke coming from the structure. They found smoke coming from the second story when they arrived.

The flames were extinguished quickly and contained to the one room, Blackburn said.

Rescue in Orland, Ill


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.

Grab in Kingsville


KINGSVILLE (Kiii News) – An elderly woman was rescued by firefighters when her home in the 300 block of East C Avenue caught fire sometime before 3:45 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Stephanie Medina got an early-morning phone call telling her that her great grandmother’s house was on fire. Medina, who lives right behind her great grandmother’s house, rushed over screaming and fearing the worst.

“The flames and stuff were coming throughout here, so when we came out of our house, we saw everything through that way and we didn’t know what was going on inside,” Medina said.

Medina and her husband tried to get into her grandmother’s house from the laundry room, but the doors were locked and there was smoke everywhere.

Medina’s grandmother is 95-year old Nena Trevino, and Medina wasn’t the only one worried for her safety. A next-door neighbor feared for her as well.

“When I saw all the smoke coming out of the attic and on the side of the house, I informed the fire department that there was an elderly lady in the back room of the house,” neighbor Oscar Reyes said. “My main concern was their safety, because if they hadn’t gotten in as quickly as they did, I was getting ready to break a window to get her up and try and get her out.”

“The smoke was already very law at that time, so they crawled in and they located the woman, who was awake and conscious,” Kingsville Fire Chief Joey Reed said. “They had to drag her out of the building, with the heavy smoke.”

An elderly man, Manuel Trevino, lives in a garage apartment in front of the house, close to where the fire started.

“When I woke up, it was full of smoke and there was nothing on fire. I don’t know what happened,” Trevino said. “I went to the kitchen and there’s a bunch of smoke everywhere, but I thought it was my eyesight that was going bad.”

Fortunately Manuel Trevino was able to get out of the house and is okay.

Nena Trevino was taken to Christus Spohn Kleberg Hospital and later flown to San Antonio to be treated for smoke inhalation. Meanwhile, firefighters say the cause of the fire appears to be electrical. Chief Reed said it started at the base of a water heater.