Rope Rescue in Niagara Falls, Ontario


NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — A man is recovering in hospital after being rescued from the Niagara River Gorge.

Niagara Parks Police were called to the scene at about 6 a.m. Tuesday after reports that a man was calling for help from within the gorge (in the area of Hiram Street) in Niagara Falls.

The man’s cries were heard by staff on the Maid of the Mist tour boats, who then alerted authorities.

Crews from the Niagara Parks Police Service High Angle River Team, the Niagara Falls fire department and EMS responded to the scene, and the man was located in the gorge a short time later.

Parks police say the man was found with a sleeping bag and it is believed he may have fallen from the gorge wall.

He was extricated by fire crews at about 8:30 a.m. and transported to hospital with unspecified injuries.

Parks police say the man was conscious and speaking to emergency workers throughout the incident. The matter is still under investigation.

Rope Rescue in Toronto, Ontario


A man has been taken to hospital after he needed to be rescued following a fall down the Scarborough Bluffs on Sunday morning.

Toronto Fire says the 23-year-old fell halfway down the bluffs at about 5:30 a.m.

Paramedics told 680News that the man was suffering from frostbite.

Several trucks and a fireboat were part of the operation.

There is no word yet on how the man fell.

3 Children Rescued from Fresno Apartment Fire


Three young children are in the hospital after firefighters rescued them from an apartment fire in Southwest Fresno late Sunday morning. It happened just after 11:30 a.m. on Church near Fig.

Fire crews responded to the apartment complex and found light smoke. They went into rescue mode after learning that the three children — ages 1, 2 and 3 — were still inside the apartment, according to Pete Martinez of the Fresno fire Department. Firefighters rescued all three kids from the burning unit and treated them at the scene, he said.

The children were transported to Community Regional Medical Center. Their conditions are not known at this time.

Investigators are still trying to figure out the cause of the fire, but they say it is believed to have started in the living room. Two apartment units were damaged by the flames.

The children’s parents were there at the time of the fire, but it’s not known if they were with the kids, according to Martinez.

Tree Trimmer Rescued in Columbia, SC

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The Columbia Fire Department successfully rescued a man who was shocked while trimming a tree approximately 55′ in the air Saturday afternoon.

Columbia Fire spokesman Brick Lewis says fight fighters were able to complete a high angle rescue after a man was shocked while trimming a tree on Legrand Road.

Lewis says SCE&G cut power to the area while Columbia Fire worked to rescue the man.

The man was treated by Richland EMS and was released on scene.

Rescues in Pelham, NH

PELHAM, N.H. (CBS) – One person died and two were rescued during a house fire in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire State Fire Marshal William Degnan announced that a person who was pulled through the second floor window of a Blackstone Circle home in Pelham, N.H., died as a result of the flames.

The fire broke out at about 10 p.m. on Friday night at the two-story single family home. When firefighters arrived heavy smoke and flames were showing.

Police and firefighters provided assistance to a person who jumped from a second story window and helped a second person who was trapped on the first floor.

Investigators have not yet released the identity of the person who died in the fire.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the fire likely started in the first floor living room, though officials said the origin and cause have not yet been officially determined.

“State Fire Marshal Degnan and Fire Chief (Jim) Midgley would like to remind everyone that when using alternative heating appliances to make sure they have proper clearances from nearby combustibles and that the home is equipped with working smoke detectors. They also urge everyone to be vigilant with keeping exit pathways inside and out clear and unobstructed,” fire officials said

Ice Rescue in Hopkinton, Mass


HOPKINTON, Mass. ( — Hopkinton firefighters rescued a person who fell through the ice on a lake Saturday.

Fire officials say the ice was about 8 to 10 inches thick in most parts of Lake Whitehall, but the spot where the victim fell through was a lot thinner.

At ATV was needed to bring the victim to safety. He was checked then out by EMT’s.

No injuries were reported.

Charlotte, NC Rescue


CHARLOTTE — Firefighters rescued a man in a wheelchair from his burning south Charlotte home Saturday morning.

The fire started at about 5:15 a.m. on Lynn Avenue, near Carmel Road. When firefighters arrived, a woman living in the house told them her husband was stuck inside. They rescued him and treated him for smoke inhalation on the scene.

Firefighters say the smoke alarm and their alarm company alerted the couple.

Firefighters say they believe the fire started in the back of the house. Damage was confined to the garage.

Chicago Firefighters Rescue Couple Out of Car on Frozen Lagoon

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CHICAGO — A woman was killed and a man was critically injured when their Lexus veered off Lake Shore Drive and flipped over on a frozen lagoon in Lincoln Park early Monday morning.

Police were called to the 2200 block of North Lake Shore Drive around 1:45 a.m. after getting reports of a car crashing into the Diversey Harbor lagoon in Lincoln Park, according to Chicago police spokeswoman Amina Greer.

Rescue crews found the sedan flipped over on the ice-covered lagoon. The Police Department’s marine unit ran two lines of rope across the lagoon as a small team worked to free the pair trapped inside the car.


The team used sleds to move the two to waiting ambulances.  As team members worked, police and paramedics watched from the banks of the lagoon.

Debris from the mangled car was spread out over the ice. A section of the guardrail along the west side of Lake Shore Drive was gone, marking the point where the car had barreled off the road.

Both people were initially taken to hospitals in serious-to-critical condition, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Will Knight. The woman, 37, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead at 2:30 a.m. She was later identified as Claudie Beruben, of the 12400 block of South Laflin Street in Calumet Park, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

The man was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition, authorities said.

Police closed three lanes of southbound traffic on Lake Shore Drive for emergency equipment at the scene. Early Monday morning, southbound traffic was moving past the crash site, but police had closed off the Fullerton on-ramp heading south.

After 5 a.m., crews had removed the car from the ice and traffic had returned to normal.

Authorities believe alcohol may have been a factor in crash. The Police Department’s Major Accidents Unit was investigating.


Confined Space Rescue in Columbia, Missouri


COLUMBIA — An MU Power Plant worker is recovering after having a medical emergency and becoming trapped on Thursday afternoon.

Battalion Chief Brad Fraizer said firefighters were called after a worker had a medical emergency while performing routine maintenance on a reservoir 20 feet underground. The reservoir was empty, but the worker wasn’t able to get out on his own. Fraizer said the worker was in an area that was only about 4 or 5 feet wide, so firefighters had to slide a cot under the worker and then pull him out using ropes and pulleys.

Fraizer said the department’s technical rescue team had just recently finished a training exercise at the power plant, so they knew the facility well. The worker was taken to University Hospital and is expected to recover.

Memphis Firefighters Rescue 3 Adults from House Fire


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Firefighters pulled three adults from a burning house in Frayser this morning.

A neighbor spotted the fire around 5:20 a.m. at the house in the 1800 block of Corning Ave. and called 911.

Firefighters found three people unresponsive inside the house and pulled them to safety.

All three were taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Firefighters tell us initial reports indicated a business, not a house, was on fire so extra personnel and equipment were sent to the scene which aided in operations.

The fire started in a family room in the rear of the house.

The cause is still under investigation.