Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Neighbor Helps Rescue Elderly Neighbor from House Fire

Lakeside, CA -

An alert neighbor forced open a door and helped pull his elderly neighbor and her grandson from inside a smoky house fire in the Johnstown area of Lakeside on Wednesday, November 27, 2013. The grandson had entered the home to assist his grandmother in leaving but became disoriented in the thick smoke. The next-door neighbor assisted both to escape through a side door.

Lakeside firefighters responding from the nearby Lake Jennings fire station (fs3) arrived in just under four minutes reporting moderate smoke from a one-story residence. Firefighters stretched an attack line inside the structure and knocked down what remained of the fire in the front room of the residence. A rapid primary search confirmed all occupants were out of the home.

Prior to the arrival of the fire department, other neighbors took action to slow the fire using a dry chemical extinguisher and a garden hose. The cause of the fire appeared to be an electric space heater that was too close to combustibles.

Lakeside firefighter paramedics transported two people to UCSD hospital for evaluation due to smoke inhalation. 

Units attending this incident included:  Engine 1, Engine 202s, Engine 3, Engine 26, Medic 2, Medic 3, Division 4105 (Lakeside); Truck 4 (Santee).

Ventilation fan set-up to remove smoke.

Post and Photos by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District

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