1 Injured Following Columbia Heights House Fire

March 03, 2018 05:10 PM

Firefighters were able to successfully remove a trapped woman from a Columbia Heights home after a house fire Saturday.

Columbia Heights Fire Department Assistant Chief John Larkin said firefighters were dispatched at about 1:30 p.m. to a residence on the 4500 block of Fillmore Street Northeast. While en route, firefighters received word that someone may be trapped inside of the home.


Larkin said the house was fully involved when firefighters arrived.

Firefighters went into the home to attempt to find the victim, however, the fire and heat forced them to evacuate. Firefighters were able to successfully knock down some of the fire, reenter the home and locate the woman.

Larkin said the woman was transported to an area hospital. Her condition is not known at this time.

Larkin said it is believed the fire started in the garage and spread to the home. The home suffered significant damage.

The assistant chief said he was pleased with the work of the firefighters that responded.

"When you get a report of someone trapped, it changes the dynamics of the fire and what you're doing and how you do things," Larkin said. "You're always worried about the safety of your firefighters, but life safety of someone else is a piece of our job description."

Larkin added, "All things considered, what needed to get done today got done. Very proud of the firefighters here today."




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