West Chicago Man Pulls Victim from 2nd Floor of Burning House
Sanchez, Robert, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Robert Sanchez Daily Herald Staff Writer
The firefighting drills Daniel Jeffery endured in the U.S. Navy years ago might have saved a West Chicago man's life Sunday.
Jeffery, a 40-year-old West Chicago resident, rescued a 30-year-old man from the second floor of a burning house Sunday morning, fire officials said.
The victim, a visitor at the house, suffered smoke inhalation and minor cuts during the fire. But his injuries could have been worse if it wasn't for Jeffery, who scaled a ladder and pulled the man to safety, officials said.
"He was closer to becoming a victim than we will ever realize," Capt. Skip Day said.
Jeffery said he was driving his family to church when he saw smoke coming out of the house at 407 W. Blair St. By that time, authorities said, the fire in the first-floor living room had trapped a man upstairs.
After calling 911 about 9:26 a.m., Jeffery ran around the house, looking for a safe way in.
"My main concern was that there were people trapped inside," he said. "But the smoke was too thick for me to risk going inside."
Fortunately, Jeffery said, he saw the trapped man's hands pressed against one of the house's rear upstairs windows. …