RIVERSIDE – Riverside City police and firefighters rescued elderly victims from a burning home on Saturday evening. Just before 5:40 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, 2016, firefighters and officers responded to the report of a structure fire in the 11600 block of Hartford Court. The reporting party indicated that three elderly people may have been trapped inside the home. Police were first to arrive at the fully engulfed home with flames spreading to a nearby home.
When the approached the home, it was confirmed that two elderly female residents were still inside the burning home. Another officer arrived to find a disoriented elderly man near the house and was able to move him to a safe location away from the fire. In the back of the home, officers located and elderly woman standing near the glass door of the engulfed home. An officer carried her across the street to a safe location, while doing so a second officer located an unresponsive elderly woman lying on the floor of a back room.
The officer broke the window in order to gain access to the ailing woman while firefighters arrived on scene and were inside the home searching for her. The woman was lifted through the broken window, outside to the waiting officers and firefighters. The officer and firefighters performed life-saving measures, performing CPR to the woman, she was then transported to a local hospital where she was revived and remains in critical condition. The other elderly woman and man were also transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation and a broken leg, both are now in stable condition. One firefighter also sustained minor injuries.
The fire was extinguished, but the home is uninhabitable leaving the elderly individuals without a home. The Red Cross was notified and will provide temporary assistance to the residents. The estimated loss is $400,000.
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