ST.LOUIS, MO - Two people were taken to the hospital, including a firefighter, after fire started in a North St. Louis County home early Friday morning (May 18).
The Riverview Fire Protection District was called out to a home on Longridge Drive at Kimball Court just after midnight. Battalion Chief Wes Morgan said his crews were met with heavy fire and smoke.
Two people were in the home when the fire started. An elderly man was still trapped in back bedroom when emergency responders arrived.
Two firefighters went into the home to rescue him. Morgan said the man suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to the hospital.
One firefighter was injured during the rescue. He was also taken to the hospital, according to Morgan.
No word on the extent of the firefighter’s injuries. The conditions of both victims are unknown.
An elderly woman, who was also in the home when the fire started, was able to make it out safely on her own. Investigators believe the fire started in the basement where she was sleeping.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Morgan said most of the damage is contained to the basement.