Five Rescued In Apartment Fire
Published: November 29, 2005 | 2860th good news item since 2003
Firefighters have put out an apartment fire in Oakland Monday morning. Five people had to be rescued.
Tense moments for firefighters as they tried to work on a fire in an apartment building, fearful the motel next door would catch on fire. [Firefighters: Their Lives in Their Own Words]
It happened at 3:00 a.m. Monday morning on West Macarthur Boulevard near Telegraph Avenue. It broke out in a three-story apartment building.
It was a three-alarm fire with 51 firefighters on the scene. Eight people were in the building. Three got out on their own. A family of five – two adults and three children – had to be rescued.
Battalion Chief Lorenzo Frediani, Oakland fire department: “I think shock, really, to be woken up by us and realize that there was a fire, and all of a sudden we’re guiding them down the stairs. They were organized and cooperative.”
The rescued family suffered from smoke inhalation, but they did not want to go to the hospital.
Firefighters are cleaning things up at the scene. It took half-an-hour to get the fire out. The fire is now under investigation.