Wednesday, November 23, 2016 A 74-year-old handicapped woman was trapped in her burning home this morning in the 6300 block of Sheridan Street in Riverdale Heights. Her daughter escaped without her cell phone and was able wake up the neighbors who alerted the 911 center. First arriving firefighters were not able to make entry due to furniture and other items blocking the front entry to the house.
West Lanham Hills Firefighter Nolte ascended through a window to gain access to the house. Firefighter Nolte and Sergeant Kennedy deployed a hand line under heavy hoarder conditions into the fire room.
West Lanham Hills Assistant Chief Simmons along with Firefighters Pacheco and Long entered the home and conducted a search on main living area. Chief Simmons located the victim in a hospital bed. Firefighter Nolte placed himself and his hose line between him and the victim. Firefighter Nolte continued to knock down the fire while the rescue team of Assistant Chief Simmons and Firefighters Pacheco and Long removed the victim from her bed and fire conditions. Obstacles throughout the room and the condition of the patient made this rescue challenging. Sergeant Kennedy notified command by radio that a victim had been located and a rescue was underway. There was great coordination and assistance from the additional first responders on the scene. The patient is listed in critical condition at a local hospital.
The West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad is proud of the men and woman who serve our department and neighborhood daily by volunteering.