MANCHESTER, N.H. (CBS) – Hearth Captain Steve DesRuisseaux suffered extreme burns over practically half of his physique whereas attempting to avoid wasting residents throughout a fatal fire at a Manchester, N.H. home Saturday night time.
Flames broke out in a 6-family residence on Dutton Avenue round 6 p.m. Heavy hearth engulfed all three flooring of the constructing.
DesRuisseaux and different firefighters rushed into the constructing and commenced making rescues.
A person and girl have been rescued from the third ground, adopted by two kids and an grownup male from the identical ground on the opposite facet of the constructing.
After saving a person from the second ground, DesRuisseaux was caught in a flashover.
Whereas attempting to flee from a second ground porch, DesRuisseaux’s self-contained respiration equipment strap acquired hooked on the ladder. With DesRuisseaux trapped, Lt. Scott Brassard climbed as much as assist.
As heavy hearth was coming from the second ground, firefighter Joshua Charpentier determined to knock the ladder away from the constructing. Brassard sprained an ankle within the 10-15 foot fall.
One resident was later discovered useless on the second ground porch. Six individuals have been rescued in complete.
“I’ve a good friend who lives in right here together with her daughter. That they had a canine and the canine ended up passing away, he perished within the hearth,” Sara Evans instructed WBZ-TV. “I really feel unhealthy for the household that misplaced the individual that died up there. The firefighters, I’m so grateful for them.”
“I can’t even think about what it will have felt wish to be in there and even seeing it occur,” neighbor Derek Evans mentioned.
DesRuisseaux was rushed to Elliot Hospital, then taken by helicopter to Mass Basic Hospital in Boston. He suffered second and third diploma burns to about 35-40% of his physique and stays hospitalized.
“The actions of the crews final night time went above and past the decision of responsibility, and Captain DesRuisseaux’s efforts have been nothing wanting heroic. Captain DesRuisseaux’s actions led to the rescue of six individuals and is a real testomony to Steve’s professionalism,” battalion chief Dave Flurey mentioned. “He’s surrounded by his household, buddies, members of the fireplace division, Boston Hearth, he’s comfy, he’s in good spirits, hopefully anticipated to make full restoration.”
The reason for the fireplace stays below investigation.