Neighbor’s 911 call saves disoriented Tucson man in house fire

2013-11-30T15:10:00Z Neighbor’s 911 call saves disoriented Tucson man in house fireKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
November 30, 2013 3:10 pm  • 

A disoriented man in a burning house was saved after a single 911 call came in to report the fire early Saturday morning.

A neighbor called 911 at about 1 a.m. to report a house fire in the 700 block of West Florence Street near the intersection of North Oracle Road and West Miracle Mile.

“Dispatchers were able to relay this critical information to crews while they were responding,” Capt. Chris Jurvig, spokesman for the Tucson Fire Department, said in a news release. “The first fire crew arrived five minutes later and found smoke and flames coming from a home.

“As the crew approached the house they could see an adult male inside the home with fire right behind him. Firefighters immediately forced open a security door and pulled the disorientated resident out. Paramedics on scene began to treat the patient while other firefighters took hose lines interior to attack the fire and search for other victims.”

The first ladder company on the scene secured utilities and went to the roof where they cut a hole with a chainsaw.

“This allows smoke and other super-heated gasses to escape which makes the environment more tenable,” Jurvig said.

It total, 30 firefighters from 10 units responded to the scene and had the blaze under control in 13 minutes.

The resident that was brought out by firefighters was the only occupant of the home and was transported to a local hospital in stable condition.

The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation. Jurvig did not have a damage estimate.

More than half of residential fire deaths occur between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., Jurvig said.

“Knowing how to get out of the house two different ways can be the difference between life and death. Having a warning device is also critical for safety, make sure that you have working smoke alarms in your house,” he said.

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