Firefighters rescue couple from burning home

By REGGIE ROSS
Staff Writer

 

Firefighters rescued an elderly couple from a burning house just off Springhill Road early Friday morning.
The Grenada Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire shortly before 4 a.m. in the 50 block of Long Williams Street.
Fire Chief Ronnie Willis said while en route, dispatchers notified the firefighters that people were still in the residence. Willis said before firefighters arrived on the scene at 3:57, dispatchers then notified them that the residents were trapped in the house near a window, and they had lost contact with them.
“When something like that happens, we immediately go into rescue mode, I can’t express that enough,” Willis said. “We have extensive training for situations such as this. We were not dealing with one person, but two which adds to the difficulty.”

Moving fast
When the first fire engine arrived at the scene, Willis said heavy smoke was coming from the structure.
Firefighters pulled an attack line and fire hose to the window where the residents were reported as being trapped.
“Using an ax, two firefighters opened the window and rescued the two from the burning structure while a police officer made a 360-degree check around the outside of the building,” Willis said.

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