Woman Saved from Burning Building in Farmington Hills
(City of Farmington Hills, April 7, 2022)
Farmington Hills, MI – Members of the Farmington Hills Fire Department are credited with saving the life of a local woman whose home was engulfed in flames.
Firefighters received a report of a residential structure fire with a person trapped inside at 4:17 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. Within minutes, Squad 5, a Farmington Hills Fire Department ambulance, arrived on the scene at 21308 Waldron Street and found that the two-story home had a large fire visible on the first floor.
Based on details supplied by 911 dispatchers, Squad 5’s two firefighter/paramedics headed directly to the home’s backyard and saw a 62-year-old woman at a second-floor bedroom window enveloped in smoke. They immediately climbed a ladder, rescued the victim, and then provided advanced life support. The victim was rapidly transported to Beaumont Hospital – Farmington Hills where she was further stabilized and transferred to a regional burn center.
“A Farmington Hills resident was rescued and given the chance to survive a tragedy today due to the outstanding professionalism of dispatchers and the aggressive actions of first-arriving firefighters,” said Farmington Hills Fire Chief Jon Unruh.
He added that the fire is currently under investigation but appears to be accidental in nature. The Farmington Hills Fire Department’s preliminary investigation revealed that the home had no working smoke alarms. The Fire Prevention Bureau is taking this opportunity to remind everyone to install working smoke alarms on each level of their home and to change the batteries whenever clocks are changed for Daylight Savings Time.
If you need a smoke alarm, please call 248-871-2800. The Farmington Hills Fire Department provides smoke alarms free of charge to residents.