On Sunday evening, Prince George’s County (MD) firefighters rescued an elderly couple from a residential fire.
“Once we knew that there were people inside, we were going to make every effort to get to them,” Lt. Kris DeMattia told reporters.
The residents were located in an upstairs bedroom and visibility was poor because of smoke from the fire. Members managed to pull the pair from the home. They suffered serious but nonlife-threatening injuries.
An adult male occupant was found near the top of the stairwell and immediately removed by way of the interior stairwell. The remaining firefighter on the second floor continued his search and quickly located an adult female in a bedroom. The firefighter carried her out to safety, again by way of the interior stairwell. Both rescues were made possible due to the stairwell being made tenable by the firefighter operating the initial hoseline, reported Mark Brady, Prince George’s County PIO.
It took firefighters about four minutes to get to the home and about 20 minutes to extinguish the fire, according to WJLA. Read futher details about the call HERE.
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