A HOUSE FIRE IN A SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, single-family dwelling early this morning took the lives of four people. A fifth person was rescued via ladder by the firefighters from the blaze that was reported just before midnight.
A WORKING APARTMENT FIRE in Magadan, Siberia, left an infant trapped on the top floor of the burning building, so the aerial company went into immediate rescue mode with a precise ladder placement for the rescue. Along the way, the firefighters picked up a valuable lesson as they successfully retrieved the endangered child:
Russia Today assures us that nobody was hurt and all are ok:
A woman with a baby was trapped inside a flat after fire broke out on the upper floor of a dormitory in the Russian city of Magadan on Thursday. She called the rescuers pleading for them to save the child.
A scaling ladder was pulled out on a fire brigade’s arrival, and a firefighter began climbing up to the top floor window. But it was not the fire that was about to cause him the biggest problem, rather treacherous ice and snow.
When the fireman was at the top and was preparing to reach out to the window, a huge slab of snow resting on the roof came down on him, carrying him away and down the ladder.
Amazingly, the rescuer managed to grip onto the ladder after falling several meters upside down. Two of his workmates rushed to help, one of them climbing up to fetch the baby from the firetrap.
The baby was soon rescued and the fire put out. The fireman hit by the mini-avalanche was also unhurt.
Thanks to Mark Donovan
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LADDER RESCUE TECHNIQUES in the Far East are not much different than in the West. This video taken on Wednesday in the central Chinese city of Yueyang was at a major fire in a 3-story apartment building. The only other information that came with it is that the woman is over 70 years old and is paralyzed.