The source of the flames came from the basement of the house.
An acting sergeant was in the basement searching for the source of the fire. That is when a nearby wall collapsed.
“When he worked his way through, it pinched the door shut and so he he was shut. No door knob on the other side of the door. He’s trapped. He can’t get out,” senior fire chief Joe Haig said.
After calling “mayday,” crews were able to put out the flames and get the sergeant out uninjured.
“Mayday . . . Mayday . . . Engine 30, I’m trapped in the basement . . . I need a line down here,” the sergeant called out over the radio.
But overall, this was a learning experience for the firefighters on the scene.
“He called it out, it’s very tough for a firefighter to call a mayday system. Because it’s like, not a sign of weakness, but kinda is with all these type-a personalities. He called it out, they got a line down there, they got the door open, got him out,” Haig said.
The Detroit Fire Department said no one else was at home and that their arson unit is still investigating what might have sparked this overnight fire.
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