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Durham firefighters rescue boy from burning house

Posted September 9, 2011

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— Durham firefighters rescued a 12-year-old boy from a burning house early Friday. Four others inside the house escaped.

Emergency crews responded to 219 N. Maple St. around 1:20 a.m. Five people were inside when the fire started – three adults, a 12-year-old boy and an infant, according to the fire department.

Firefighters found the boy inside the home with burns. They took him to Duke University Hospital and then transferred him to the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center. His condition was not released.

Two adults were also taken to a local hospital – one who suffered cuts and another who had an asthma attack, fire officials said. No firefighters were injured.

Deputy fire chief Dan Curia said he thinks the fire started in or around the dining room, but he's not sure what caused it. No other information was released.

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  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Sep 9, 2011

    Thank God for those who found the boy.

    Thank God the boy survived.

    Praying for his injuries to heal quickly and completely.

  • ncnremtp Sep 9, 2011

    anonemoose:
    my apologies for my anger. Like Russ said, too many people bash public safety workers without knowing the whole story. I think we can agree that those of us who work in the public safety sector, whether it be fire, ems, law enforcement or the like, are tired of the public and media not appreciating or understanding what we do.

  • russ278 Sep 9, 2011

    anonemoose: Well giving that most the time people bash public safty I can kinda see how your comments could have been taken wrong. however after you explaining it then i understand what you are saying. Just that so many ppl bash pd, fd, ems and what have you. when in fact most of them are doing it to make our lives safer.

  • anonemoose Sep 9, 2011

    ncnremtp..

    quote from the story "Firefighters found the boy inside the home with burns. They took him to Duke University Hospital and then transferred him to the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center. His condition was not released."

    Show me where it says EMS did anything?? It was sarcasm directed at the lack of actual journalism.

    "Why be so negative especially when you know nothing of how emergency care works.". Lets try this one, the "Serving Since" bar on the bottom of my gold nameplate says 1984. I have completed through ICS 400, and was IC for a command center during Irene. I have spent 8 years doing rescue, specializing in heavy rescue and extrication and was an EMT for 12 years. I have spent just over 26 years in public safety and know well how it works, and I have trained to don the SCBA and do fire rescue. My comments were soley aimed at WRAL since the proofreaders hadn't gotten off the bus yet.

  • Jack Flash Sep 9, 2011

    I blame gangs for the fire.

  • ncnremtp Sep 9, 2011

    "SO LETS SEE, BESIDES DOING HEROIC WORK TO SAVE THE CHILD, THEY PUT HIM IN A FD VEHICLE AND TOOK HIM TO DUKE, THEN LOADED HIM UP AGAIN AND TOOK HIM TO THE BURN CENTER??

    MAN DURHAM FD IS ON THE BALL TODAY. LEMME GUESS, THEY DID THEIR OWN TRAFFIC CONTROL AND DIDN'T BOTHER THE PD EITHER..."

    you sir, are a fool. Durham County EMS transported this boy to the CLOSEST facility in order to STABILIZE him for transport to the burn center. This was a team effort by all public safety personnel starting with the fantastic job of DFD. Why be so negative especially when you know nothing of how emergency care works. Hope you don't ever need help in an emergency!

  • nclissy79 Sep 9, 2011

    scarletindurham - the only thing ignorant here is that you think it's outrageous for a parent to do all they can to save their child. I sure do hope your kids - either now if you have some, or later if you don't - will be protected at all costs by you.

  • mmtlash Sep 9, 2011

    "I went to work today, and did my job that I'm trained to do too. I guess I'm a hero." ~solarflare40

    Did you put yourself in mortal danger to save a child's life?

    I know it's their job but give a guy props where it's due...

  • wildcat Sep 9, 2011

    I pray that the young man will come through all of this. Keep him in your prayers.

  • anonemoose Sep 9, 2011

    SO LETS SEE, BESIDES DOING HEROIC WORK TO SAVE THE CHILD, THEY PUT HIM IN A FD VEHICLE AND TOOK HIM TO DUKE, THEN LOADED HIM UP AGAIN AND TOOK HIM TO THE BURN CENTER??

    MAN DURHAM FD IS ON THE BALL TODAY. LEMME GUESS, THEY DID THEIR OWN TRAFFIC CONTROL AND DIDN'T BOTHER THE PD EITHER...

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