By Angie Bado, TSB Publisher
In what was described by Fire Chief Danny Kistner as an “outstanding rescue,” McKinney Fire Department personnel safely evacuated a citizen trapped on the second floor of a burning structure Thursday night, prevented the fire from spreading to nearby structures, and ensured the safety of all animals and livestock on the property.
McKinney Fire Dept. responded to the report of a structure fire at 3701 Custer Rd., known
as Storybook Ranch, at approximately 830 p.m. Thursday, with initial reports indicating an individual, the ranch foreman, trapped in a second floor apartment. Immediately upon arrival, crews accessed the room of entrapment via a second story window, safely evacuating the resident down a ground ladder. According to MFD spokesperson Stacie Durham, “The reporting person stated that he smelled smoke and when he attempted to investigate, he was unable to escape due to the dense smoke outside his door. He immediately closed the door and proceeded to a window; but, was unable to open or to break it. Fire Dept. crews used axes to break the window. Fortunately, this individual escaped with no injuries.”
Fire personnel on scene reported no audible smoke alarms were sounding upon arrival,
and the bedroom window was unable to be opened from inside the structure. The National Fire Protection Assoc. recommends placement of smoke alarms inside each bedroom, in hallways outside bedrooms, and in any other areas where residents are likely to fall asleep, such as a living area with a television. In addition, residents should make an escape plan and practice at least twice yearly.
“This incident reinforces the importance of working smoke alarms, as well as having and practicing an escape plan,” reminds Durham. “Audible smoke alarms could have warned the individual of the danger earlier and through practicing an escape plan, the situation with the window may have been identified and corrected. These two simple things would have greatly increased the survivability of this fire. While we were able to safely rescue this resident, the outcome could have been much different.”
Fire Dept. crews remained on the scene through the night. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Storybook Ranch is the home of River Ranch Educational Charities, is a 501(c)3 charity which provides scholarships and donations in support of the special needs, at-risk and underprivileged community and other non-profit organizations.
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