Video: Off-duty responders help pull residents from burning home

An off-duty firefighter and police lieutenant, along with a retired fire chief, used ladders to rescue residents from the two-story home

By FireRescue1 Staff

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. — Two off-duty responders and a retired fire chief helped pull residents from a burning home.

WFSB reported that Plainville firefighter James Lenois, retired Hartford Fire Chief Billy Smith and a Hartford Police lieutenant all happened to be in the area when the fire broke out.

“I’ve been a firefighter for 15 years and you know what that smoke smells like and I pulled up on the house and there’s fire coming out the front of the house and people are screaming, ‘There’s people inside,’” Lenois said.

The three responders worked together to save the residents with ladders.

“We grabbed the elderly lady from the second floor, ran around back to the back side of the house, grabbed the elderly gentleman out of the second floor,” Lenois said.

One other person was also in the home, but was able to escape. Lenois believes that if they had not saved the residents, it could have been a fatal fire.

“It’s a good feeling to be able to help someone out and you never know when people need help, we were in the right place at the right time.”


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