Princeton Times


January 23, 2013

PFD chief on rescue: Saving lives is all in a day's work

PRINCETON — A Prince Street woman is alive today, thanks to the work of two Princeton Fire Department crews.

Fire Chief J.C. Bailey reported that PFD crews received a page at approximately 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, advising that a fire had broken out at 602 Prince St., and that at lease one resident was trapped inside the structure.

“When the units arrived on scene, the first crew went in and started the rescue,” Bailey said. “The second crew went in and got the fire put out.”

Investigation into what ignited the flames was ongoing Wednesday afternoon, but the fire chief said damage remained primarily confined to the kitchen area of the residence.

The woman, whose identity was withheld for her privacy, was treated and released for minor smoke inhalation injuries. She is reportedly staying with family members in the wake of the house fire.

Bailey said fire crews helped the resident escape an upstairs window and get to the safety of a carport roof.

““It’s always a good day when everybody gets to go home. It’s nice to know that we can save somebody, however you can get them out — whether they’re already out prior to [PFD’s arrival ] because of a fire alarm or smoke detector, or whether we go in and do a rescue,” Bailey said.

He said he doubted the PFD crew members considered themselves heroes. In his words, “They were just doing what we are trained to do.”

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