Man pulls woman from burning home in Clark County

A neighbor likely saved the life of a Pleasant Twp. woman Wednesday when he got her out of her burning home.

Firefighters responded to the 11000 block of Broadgauge Road about noon Wednesday and found the home fully engulfed, with flames shooting from the front of the house and through the roof, according to Pleasant Twp. Assistant Fire Chief Justin Whitehead.

A man spotted the fire, kicked open the basement door and found the woman sleeping, Pleasant Twp. Fire Chief Mike Willis said. The man got her to safety before firefighters got there.

“It takes a lot of courage to run in there,” Whitehead said.

The names of the occupant and the man weren’t available Wednesday evening.

The man was treated for minor smoke inhalation, Whitehead said. The woman was also seen by medics on the scene.

The assistant chief said the windy conditions made it difficult to battle the fire.

The state fire marshal’s office has been called in to assist in the investigation. The cause will probably remain undetermined, Willis said, but nothing appears suspicious.

The home was a total loss, the chief said, but a dollar amount wasn’t available Wednesday evening.

The Red Cross assisted the occupants with lodging and clothing, Willis said.

The man likely saved the woman’s life, Willis said.

“If it wasn’t for him getting in there — she was sleeping and I’m sure the smoke would have overtaken her eventually,” he said.

UPDATE @ 2:14 p.m.

A man ran into a burning home in Pleasant Twp. and pulled a woman, who was asleep, to safety before flames destroyed a house.

Firefighters responded to the house in the 11000 block of Broadgauge Road around 12 p.m. and discovered flames shooting from the front of the house and through the roof, according to Pleasant Twp. Assistant Fire Chief Justin Whitehead.

Whitehead said the man spotted the fire when he was in the area and ran inside to wake up the woman, who was asleep inside the residence.

“It takes a lot of courage to run in there,” Whitehead said.

The man was treated for minor smoke inhalation, Whitehead said.

The assistant chief said the windy conditions made it difficult to battle the fire.

A cause and damage estimates have not been determined and the state fire marshal’s office has been called in to assist in the investigation.

FIRST REPORT

Firefighters have responded to the 11000 block of Broadgauge Road this afternoon on a report of a structure fire.

Fire crews responded to the address around 12 p.m.

Details about the fire were not immediately available, however initial crews on the scene reported the structure was fully engulfed, according to dispatch records.

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