Acting sergeant makes mayday call from Detroit basement

The firefighter was trapped for a minute after a wall collapsed, but rescued by crewmembers

By Leila Merrill

DETROIT — A Detroit firefighter was momentarily trapped after a wall collapsed during a house fire Wednesday, ClickOnDetroit reported.

Flames came from the basement of the home on the northwest side of the city. An acting sergeant was in the basement looking for the fire’s source when the wall fell.

“When he worked his way through, it pinched the door shut and so he was shut. No door knob on the other side of the door. He’s trapped. He can’t get out,” senior fire chief Joe Haig said.

A mayday call came.

“Mayday … Mayday … Engine 30, I’m trapped in the basement … I need a line down here,” the sergeant called out via radio.

The firefighters put out the fire and got the sergeant out without injury.

No occupants were home at the time of the fire, which is under investigation.

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