Four firefighters injured in Batavia house fire
By Linda Girardi For Sun-Times Media December 10, 2013 1:50PM
Updated: January 12, 2014 6:27AM
Four firefighters were injured battling an early morning house fire in frigid temperatures in Batavia Tuesday morning.
A passerby is being credited for potentially saving the lives of six people asleep at the time in the single-family home.
Firemen responded at 5:47 a.m. Tuesday to 308 S. Harrison St., where they found the interior of the residence fully engulfed in flames. The fire was under control within about 40 minutes.
“There was a significant amount of fire in the house, all of the attic spaces and on the rear exterior of the house,” Deputy Fire Chief Randy Banker said.
Banker said the four firefighters were injured while attacking the fire from the interior of the house.
“We had a firefighter inside the house on ladder working a fire stream trying to extinguish the fire in the attic spaces,” he said. “The individual on the ladder stepped down and fell onto another firefighter working near the top of the stairs, which created a domino effect knocking three people down the stairs.”
Banker said three firemen were treated at the scene for minor injuries, but one fireman was transported by ambulance to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.
Banker said six people, ranging in ages from 12 to around 70, evacuated the house when they were awakened by a passerby who had seen the flames.
“The passerby had stopped and knocked on their front door to get everybody out of the house,” Banker said.
One of the residents was given medical attention on the scene.
“The person who passed by and knocked on the door left the scene so we don’t know who it was. They may have saved their lives,” Banker said.
Banker said the house was severely damaged and uninhabitable. The Red Cross was on the scene to assist the family after the fire.
The fire caused $150,000 in damage to the structure and $25,000 to the contents. The cause of the fire is under investigation.