A man who got out of a burning house Tuesday in Raytown went back inside to retrieve a family pet and got trapped. Firefighters pulled him out of the house about 15 minutes after arriving, and he was rushed to the hospital.
Firefighters performed CPR on the man, but his condition was not available.
Raytown Fire Chief Matt Mace said that when firefighters were called to the scene in the 8900 block of East 66th Street, they were initially told two people were trapped inside.
By the time firefighters arrived, they found one resident outside and were told another person was inside. Heavy fire and thick, dark smoke were coming from the front of the house.
As crews searched for the man, other firefighters began an aggressive attack on the fire.
“Approximately 15 minutes after our arrival, we did retrieve the second occupant. At that time, He was pulseless and not breathing,” Mace said.
The man had dark smoke staining around his mouth and nose, but he didn’t have any burn injuries.
“It’s a three-story house, counting the basement, and it was simply a challenge to retrieve him and figure out where he was,” said Mace, who didn’t know where the man was eventually found.
The man reportedly had gotten out of the house but went back in to save a family pet. Neither the man nor pet came out with a pulse or were breathing.
The other person, a female, was taken to the hospital for observation. She was talking with firefighters when she left in an ambulance, Mace said.
Denise Clark said she was away at the store when the fire started. When she returned, she found the roads block and her house was on fire.
“At first I thought it was somebody else, but when my neighbors grabbed me really quick, I thought, ‘Oh, no. It’s my house,’ ” she said. “So we quickly made it down here an it was like: ‘Oh, people got out, but they are not doing good. That was a real scare.’ ”
Clark said five animals and four people lived in the house, including her son. She said it took firefighters about 20 minutes to find him. He was eventually located upstairs, she said.
His girlfriend also was inside the house. Someone pulled her out through a first-floor window.