Detroit firefighters rescue older man from second-story window

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File photo by Steve Neavling

Detroit firefighters saved an older man from a burning house shortly after midnight Monday morning.

Firefighters spotted the man “waving frantically” from a window on the second floor of his house at the 12000 block of Cloverlawn on the city’s west side, Deputy Fire Commissioner John Berlin said.
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Ladder 17 and Engine 40 arrived several minutes after the call and saw smoke billowing from the house. Firefighters quickly raised the ladder and whisked the man from his window. Other firefighters forced their way into the home to extinguish the blaze.

The man escaped serious injuries, and the damage was minimized. 

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“This is a great example of quick actions with good results,” Berlin said.

Night after night, Detroit firefighters risk their lives for one of the nation’s busiest fire departments. They arrive in aging rigs, hoping their equipment will work.
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Mayor Mike Duggan has pledged to make fire protection a priority, and his administration will soon begin using $1.8 million in funding to repair some of the department’s aging, neglected fleet.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.