Rescue in Albuquerque, N.M.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —An investigation is underway after a house fire in Albuquerque on Saturday night.

Authorities with the Albuquerque Fire Department said the fire happened about 11:45 p.m. on Wilma Road Northwest.

Officials said a woman was able to escape from the fire, but she told firefighters a man was trapped inside.

Firefighters were able to rescue the man, but he was taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but the blaze was contained to the kitchen of the home.

Grab in Greensboro, NC


GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro emergency crews responded to a house fire Thursday morning and had to rescue a person inside.

Firefighters responded to the fire around 7:19 a.m. on Tillery Drive in Greensboro. When they arrived, firefighters pulled a man to safety through the back window of the house.

The man’s dog died in the fire, crews confirmed to WFMY News 2.

Investigators are still trying to determine a cause of the fire.

Man Rescued from Cell Phone Tower in St. Louis


ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — A most dramatic scene overnight in Mehlville, as a base jumper’s parachute tangled with a radio-and-T.V. tower in South St. Louis County, leaving him dangling for hours.

Neighbors applauded as the man touched ground after almost two-and-a-half hours stuck 125 feet in the air, his chute and lines jumbled up in a wire from the tower.

“He leaped from the tower, and then when he deployed his chute when he was coming down, obviously he couldn’t see the guide wire, and went into it,” says Mehlville Fire Chief Brian Hendricks. “He was pretty stuck.”

Stuck, until he was given a harness and slashed his own parachute lines.

The man was lowered to the ground and appeared to be uninjured, though was taken away in an ambulance.

We’ll find out today what charges – if any – the parachutist faces.

His identity has not been released.

Woman Rescued in Pittsburgh


A woman was so scared as she gasped for air in the thick black smoke billowing around her Wednesday afternoon that firefighters say she couldn’t move when they tried to help her out of her burning home in Scott.

“She was gasping for air, saying, ‘I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!’” said Lt. Tim Yakich, a Pittsburgh firefighter with Engine Company 29. “She was being overcome by smoke and paralyzed by fear.”

Yakich and his nephew, firefighter Larry Yakich, also of Engine Company 29, had no other choice but to drag the woman out of the second-floor room and down the stairs where fellow firefighters Lt. Brian Markewinski and Dave Kimak, both of Engine Company 30, helped carry her to safety.

The woman, whose name was not available, was taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, said Scott police Sgt. Steve Fury.

Her brother, Richard Rhoades, 52, who uses a wheelchair, kept trying to get inside the house on Noblestown Road to help his sister, but a neighbor, Kelly Lamb, 32, said she kept pulling him back to safety.

Fury said condemnation proceedings on the house, which is located on the border of the city of Pittsburgh and Scott, were under way before the fire, and East Carnegie fire Chief Adam Kauer said all the utilities had been shut off.

“It appears they were trying to stay warm with some type of open-flame device in the kitchen,” Kauer said, explaining that he believes that’s what started the fire.

Lamb said she heard Rhoades screaming for help and ran outside to see him in the wheelchair on the porch, the kitchen filled with flames.

“I pulled him back. I didn’t know his sister was in there,” said Lamb, who called 911 at 5:23 p.m. “He’s hard to understand. He kept trying to get back, saying, ‘Help! My sister is in there!’”

Lamb’s son, Dammion Bundridge, 12, flagged down a passing motorist, who raised a ladder to the second-floor window to try to help.

“When the first company arrived, they saw the woman hanging out a side window,” said Pittsburgh Battalion Chief Doug Praskovich.

That’s when Yakich and his nephew made their way through the flames and up the stairs.

Firefighters from East Carnegie and other township stations then arrived and took over command of the fire.

“We had the bulk of the fire knocked down pretty quick,” Kauer said. The fire was confined to the kitchen and another room but there was smoke damage throughout.

Grab in Chicago


Chicago firefighters rescued a woman from a burning house this morning.

The fire broke out in a home on 81st and Vincennes on the city’s South Side.

A woman told WGN that her aunt woke her up when she smelled smoke.

The fire spread quickly, and trapped the woman’s aunt in the home.

Firefighters arrived and got her out.

She was taken to the hospital in good condition.

It’s not clear how the fire started.

Man Rescued in “Vacant” Yonkers Home


Firefighters found an unconscious man inside a vacant home when they searched the property during a fire Sunday night, officials said.

“It looked like (this man) may have been squatting,” said Assistant Chief Robert Antulov. “Luckily we were able to find this person and get him out.”

The man, whose identify was not released, was breathing and taken to Westchester Medical Center after suffering smoke inhalation, Antulov said. It was unclear what other injuries he may have suffered and his condition was not immediately available.

Firefighters got a call at 8:32 p.m. about a fire in a vacant home. They discovered the man during a search on the second floor of the wood-frame building at 37 Dunbar St., which had no power or gas service.

Officials said they were investigating whether the fire was intentionally started. Antulov could not say if there were indications of arson.

Yonkers police were also called to the scene and remained outside the house late Sunday evening. Yellow tape blocked off the property. Officials said they planned on contacting the owners of the building.

Thirty-five firefighters responded to the fire, which took about 10 minutes to knock down and possibly burned itself out. Antulov said there wasn’t much fire but a “heavy smoke condition.”

A group of residents gathered down the block as firefighters worked the scene. Neighbors said the home near the Saw Mill River Parkway had been rented but the tenants moved out last year. Dead flowers, an empty bottle and a DVD tray could be seen in the front window.

Woman Rescued from Chimney


THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – A woman stuck in the chimney of a home in Thousand Oaks was rescued and arrested.

Ventura County fire Capt. Ron Oatman said firefighters responding to neighbors’ reports of a woman crying had to chisel away much of the chimney and lubricate it with dish soap Sunday to free 30-year-old Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa.

The Ventura County Star reports she was arrested on suspicion of illegal entry and giving false information to police.

The homeowner told KABC in Los Angeles that he met Nunez-Figueroa online and dated her briefly, but he recently ended the relationship. The unidentified man was not home at the time of the incident.

Nunoz-Figueroa had no clear injuries but was taken to a hospital for evaluation. Police didn’t know if she’d hired an attorney, and no phone listing for her could be found.

Oatman said firefighters destroyed the chimney and damaged the roof.

Seattle Fire Trench Rescue


Seattle Fire Department crews flooded North Seattle scene Thursday afternoon where a 28-year-old man fell into a 9-foot trench.

Crews were called at 3:57 p.m. to the 11600 block of Meridian Avenue North in the Haller Lake neighborhood – adjacent to Northwest Hospital – where the construction worker was trapped up to his waist in dirt near the front yard of a home.

The fire department’s Rescue Company 1 responded to the scene, where they found the man conscious and breathing, according to Seattle Fire reports.

The fire department announced at 5:17 p.m. successfully pulling the worker from the trench.

Seattle Public Utilities vehicles assisted with the rescue.

The Seattle Department of Transportation advises drivers to expect delays in the area due to the rescue response.

We will update this story as we learn more.