GREENVILLE – Officers from the Greenville Department of Public Safety saved a man trapped in his own burning home early this morning.
GDPS officers responded to a reported fire at 313 E. Cass St. at 5:55 a.m.
Upon arrival, Public Safety Officers Casey Huber and Eric Hoig observed light smoke coming from the roof area. Huber made contact with an 83-year-old female occupant in the residence and learned that a 65-year-old man was upstairs in the home.
Huber attempted to go to the second floor, but was prevented by heavy smoke and fire. Huber called out to the man who stated he needed help and could not get out.
Huber removed the woman from the home and, upon the arrival of the fire engine, grabbed a ladder from the truck and placed it on the roof near the bedroom where the man was trapped. Huber climbed the ladder, went to the bedroom window and attempted to make contact with the man. Flames were clearly visible in the bedroom area.
Hoig made entry into the house and yelled at the man to go toward Huber who was at the bedroom window. Huber then reached through the window and was able to find the trapped man and pulled him to safety. Huber, with the assistance of part-paid fireman Tom Miller, was able to bring the man down from the second floor roof.
The man was treated by Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services and was transported to Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville and later transferred to a Grand Rapids area hospital.
Officers were able to extinguish the fire, which appears to have started on the second floor. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time and remains under investigation by the GDPS fire investigative unit.
The GDPS was assisted by the Belding Fire Department.