JACKSON, MI – Fire crews entered a burning house early Saturday and rescued a man trapped on the second floor.
An inside crew took the man out an upper-story window and firefighters on a ground ladder brought him to safety.
“Considering the situation and the amount of fire we had, everything that could have (gone) wrong, everything went right and the guys did a great job,” said Acting Capt. Joel Skrypec of the Jackson Fire Department.
The man, a tenant, was “semi-conscious,” but alive, Skrypec said, and went by Jackson Community Ambulance to Allegiance Health. His condition as of about 7 a.m. was unknown.
The fire, reported at 12:15 a.m. Aug. 8, caused significant damage to the back of the structure on Wildwood Avenue, an older home split into apartments, Skrypec said.
An investigation is pending and the cause of the fire is not known.
Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the rear of the house a short distance west of Jackson High School.
The firefighters made an aggressive interior attack and knocked down the fire, Skrypec said.
Other tenants escaped without harm. Neigbhors were yelling to them, Skrypec said.
When firefighters went into the house, smoke detectors were sounding, he said.
Personnel remained on scene until 4:15 a.m.
Crews from Summit Township, the Blackman-Leoni Township public safety department and Spring Arbor assisted Jackson.