DEARBORN: Firefighters rescue woman, pets out of burning house

By Joe Slezak
Press & Guide Newspapers

Dearborn Firefighter 1 Ryan Clark revives a cat that was rescued out of a burning Westland Street house on Saturday morning. | Photo Ian Kushnir

DEARBORN — Firefighters rescued a woman, a cat and a dog out of a burning house on Saturday morning.

They were called to the house on Westland Street, south of Hubbard Drive, at 7:55 a.m. and were told that the woman and pets were in the house. Two other people had gotten out of the house.

The house was fully involved when firefighters arrived three minutes after receiving the call, and they went in to find the woman. She was unresponsive in a back bedroom and was brought out through the front door.

She was taken to a hospital in serious condition, and the two others also were transported with minor injuries.

The cat and dog were found, and the cat had to be revived. The dog appeared to be fine.

Fire Chief Joe Murray called the damage “pretty substantial,” with fire and water damage throughout the house. The Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause.

Sixteen firefighters and eight rigs were sent to the scene. The last firefighters left at about 10:30 a.m., though investigators stayed longer. No firefighters were injured.

Murray was very pleased with the firefighters, especially since they had to rescue the woman.

“These are very stressful situations,” he said. “It takes a lot of coordinated effort and communication and hard work.

“My crews really impressed me with their level of professionalism.”

Contact Staff Writer Joe Slezak at 1-734-246-0835 or Follow him on Twitter @ JoeSlezak1.

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