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Dayton firefighters’ resourcefulness aids rescue of elderly woman.


Dayton firefighters responded to a house fire last week on Alaska Street and arrived to find neighbors telling them that a woman was trapped inside.





Firefighters had a slight problem dealing with overgrown brush but once they made entry they were quickly halted by piles of materials two to three-feet high in many places. Once they finally located the elderly victim, the decision was made to enlarge a nearby window opening to make removal quicker.

Using a saw, firefighters cut out the bottom wall space and jack studs to turn the window into a doorway opening instead of trying to drag the victim back over the piles of materials.

Dayton Fire Department Asst. Chief Jeff Payne said that the overwhelming materials made the incident much harder than it really was. Firefighters also had to cut down the brush so they could have room to work at the enlarged window while they slid a backboard in to remove the trapped woman.

WDTN reported that the victim was listed in serious condition and one firefighter was injured.

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