A dark day turned into a show of extraordinary heroism for the Winnfield Fire Dept. on July 17th.
At 09:37Hrs. Police dispatch alerted the department of a residential fire on Mccloud St with people being trapped inside. Engine 4, Engine 3 and Ladder 1 responded with 11 personnel. Winnfield police officers arrived and advised that the house was on fire.
Upon arrival, fire personnel found a disabled person inside, along with six other people who lived there trying to get him out. Command staff transmitted a second alarm. Engine 4 and Ladder 1 crew arrived first on the scene. Heavy fire and smoke were coming out of the Charlie/Delta Side of the residential home.
Capt. Phillip Wilkerson and FF/OPR. Ben Murphy donned all necessary PPE, went inside where the disabled male was in an adjacent room and dragged him out of the smoke-filled area along with getting the rest of the people out as well. While Det. Roberts sprayed water from the outside of the structure.
Engine 3 arrived and established a water supply to Engine 4 and the Asst. Chief took command of the scene and dispatched Advanced Ambulance and city utilities to the scene. The primary crew then deployed the front bumper attack line off Engine 4 and quickly extinguished the fire with additional personnel.
The fire was contained to a bedroom where the fire originated from. Ambulance service arrived and checked on all the victims as well as monitored firefighters’ conditions due to the heat temperatures. All victims turned out to be ok and were not transported.
Once the fire was out, a PPFan was set up and overhaul operations took over. Command made the scene safe, and gas and utilities were turned off by the utility companies.
A great job to all those involved, and a special shout out to Capt. Wilkerson and FF Murphy.
This is why we do what we do!!!!!
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Pictured above: Capt. Phillip Wilkerson and FF/OPR. Ben Murphy