Firefighters Rescue Entrapped Occupant From Burning Home

by | Mar 13, 2017 | Breaking News, County News, Cullman, Fires, Public Safety

Firefighters Rescue Entrapped Occupant From Burning Home

Homeowner Battles Blaze With Garden Hose

Multiple firefighting units from Baileyton Volunteer Fire Department and Fairview Fire & Rescue have responded to a Cullman e-911 call regarding a residential structure fire just north of Baileyton.

The initial call indicated the possibility that one occupant of the dwelling was entrapped inside along the 1600 block of County Road 1589.

In a stroke of luck, single firefighters from both departments were nearby. They raced to the scene where they discovered the homeowner attempting to battle the blaze with a garden hose through a window he had broken out.

The two firefighters immediately made entry into the dwelling which was filled with heavy smoke. Despite the extremely challenging conditions inside, they were able to locate the entrapped occupant. Together, they were able to rescue the man and pull him to safety outside the structure.

Firefighters Rescue Entrapped Occupant From Burning Home

In the meantime, additional personnel arrived and actively fought the fire from multiple directions. Due to the rapid response to the scene and an assist from the quick-thinking homeowner, the worst of the fire was contained to one area of the home.

The residence has sustained significant smoke saturation throughout with both fire and water damage in the main area of the fire.

The rescued occupant suffered smoke inhalation; it is believed he has been treated at the scene by EMT’s and given oxygen.

Firefighters Rescue Entrapped Occupant From Burning Home

We spoke with Joe Golden of Baileyton Fire near the end of this incident:

“We think a treadmill shorted out and started the fire. We got a break with two firefighters nearby when the call came in. Their super fast response was critical in saving the man trapped inside. An incident like this is never good … I am proud of both department’s efforts here … it could have been much, much worse.”

Firefighters Rescue Entrapped Occupant From Burning Home

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