UPDATE-(5:00p.m.) It was a striking sight as flames billowed heavy smoke from the roof of a home on Sioux Court in New Milford. Ten different fire departments did whatever they could to get the fire under control. Firefighters even hammered away sections of the home.
“The house will be totaled, probably somewhere between that 200 to 250,000 dollars in damage,” said New Milford Fire Chief Alan Carlson. The fire broke out at 9 a.m. Friday morning. Crews said when they arrived, heavy amounts of smoke and flames were shooting from the corner of the home. Neighbors came to the rescue for the elderly woman who lived inside.
“Neighbors were carrying the lady of the house outside,” Carlson added. He said two men bravely entered the home to rescue the woman inside who was unable to get out. “They very much saved that ladies life. From what I was told she was just inside the front door, collapsed on the floor. They basically just reached in, they grabbed her, and pulled her outside,” Carlson said.
The two neighbors are regarded as heroes by Carlson. While many would say they are, they chose to stay anonymous saying they simply acted quickly. The woman is currently hospitalized after breathing in smoke. Carlson says they normally don’t want people going into burning buildings.
“We do discourage the normal citizen from running into a burning building. Obviously that’s our job. But, if you can safely do it in this instance where these neighbors did, they saved her life,” he said.
The fire is under investigation by the Illinois State Fire Marshall, a cause has not yet been determined.
One person is hurt and two neighbors are hailed as heroes after a house fire Friday morning in New Milford.
Several local departments were called in to assist around 9:30 a.m. in fighting the fire in the 2500 block of Sioux Court. Fire officials say two quick-thinking neighbors ran into the house shortly after the fire started and rescued a woman from inside.
The two men asked that their identities not be revealed.
The victim was transported to a local hospital and is expected to be okay.
Damage estimates are not yet known.