2 Women Rescued From Burning Concord Home

CONCORD (CBS/AP) — A bedridden elderly woman and her caretaker were rescued from a smoke-filled home in Concord early Friday morning during a one-alarm fire, according to fire officials.

The fire at a home in the 3700 block of Bon Homme Way was reported around 1:30 a.m., according to Lewis Broschard, fire marshal for the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

Firefighters arriving on the scene found heavy smoke coming from the home and were advised by police that people had been heard inside.  Officers were not able to get inside, however, due to the smoke.

Concord Fire

An elderly victim is placed in an ambulance at the scene of a house fire in Concord, October 14, 2011. (CBS)

Firefighters entering the home found one person standing in a hallway, and helped that person outside. Another person, an elderly woman who had recently returned from the hospital and was bedridden, was found in her bed and carried out of the house.

Both occupants of the home were taken to a hospital, but did not appear to have life-threatening injuries, Broschard said.

After the occupants were rescued, firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in about 30 minutes. The fire, which appears to have started in the attic, was determined to have been accidental.

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  • jb

    I loved the story about rescuing the two women. The helmet cams are certainly a benefit to the field. But I have a bit of a hard time feeling sorry that the firefighters have out of pocket expenses (the cams and t-shirts). I’m a teacher. I taught a child to read. I make half as much as a firefighter. Want to guess how much my out of pocket expenses are?

  • cs100

    congrats thats pretty bad ass,,. yeah I agree teachers are underpaid. Our corrupt system and politicians would rather spend more on prisons then schools. Its pathetic absolutely pathetic.

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