PITTSBURG — Pittsburg Fire Department rescued a local man from a home engulfed in flames early Tuesday morning.
At 12:12 a.m., Pittsburg firefighters responded to reports of a structure fire at 514 W. Forest Street. Three people exited the home before firefighters arrived, and the home was fully engulfed in flame. Pittsburg Police Department dispatch informed firefighters one person was trapped inside the home, as well as informing firefighters of the person’s location.
Two firefighters were able to break a window and pull the man to safety. He was transported to the hospital by Crawford County EMS where he was placed under observation for smoke inhalation.
The man, his wife, his grandson and his grandson’s girlfriend were asleep in the home when the fire started, according to the family. The grandson and his girlfriend awoke first and exited the home after seeing flames coming from a front window.
The man and his wife awoke to find the house on fire downstairs. The wife exited the home through a back door, but the man became trapped.
In a release, Pittsburg Fire Chief Mike Simons said PFD and PPD dispatch worked together to save the man’s life.
“We couldn’t have rescued this man without the help we received from dispatch,” Simons said. “They stayed on the phone with him and helped our guys find him just in time. This was truly a team effort.”
The cause of the fire has not been determined and is currently under investigation. Homes on both sides of the fire were also damaged from radiant heat and direct flame.
PFD reminds everyone to have working smoke detectors in their homes, have an escape plan and be prepared to use it in the event of a fire.