Trapped Person Rescued from Burning Home

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Firefighters raced into a burning home to rescue an unconscious person trapped in a bedroom late Tuesday night.

The DeKalb fire department says the blaze broke out at around 10:15pm in a home at 1420 N. 14th St.  Dispatchers had been informed that someone was trapped inside, and an off-duty DeKalb firefighter who arrived on scene first was unable to get to the person because of intense heat and smoke from the blaze.

Fire officials say the first crew on scene however was able advance a hose up the stairs towards the bedroom, containing the blaze enough to allow a rescue attempt through an outside window using a ladder truck.

They were able to extract the person from the burning bedroom and rush them to a nearby hospital for treatment.  That person’s condition was not released.  Two others were treated at the scene.

The blaze was under control within 15 minutes with mutual aid from the Sycamore, Cortland, Maple Park, and Malta Fire Departments.

Damage to the home is estimated at $40,000, and the cause is under investigation.

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