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Firefighter Saves Mother, Toddler

by Staff | Dec 9, 2013 2:03 pm

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Posted to: Newhallville

Allan Appel File Photo Smoke was pouring into the bedroom. A woman grabbed her toddler in her arms, went to the window and screamed for help.

That was the scene around 1:30 a.m. on West Hazel Street Sunday.

Firefighters arrived on the scene and saved the day.

Here’s what happened, according to Acting Battalion Chief Brian Jooss:

A one-alarm fire started in a storage room in the basement of a two-story single-family house. Firefighters from the Goffe Street and Whitney Avenue stations rushed to the scene.

Smoke was filling the house, including the bedroom where the mother yelled for help.

Lt. Karl Luschenat started to climb a ladder to rescue the woman.

Before he got there, Lt. Teo Baldwin had already rushed through the smoke, up the stairs, into the bedroom. He escorted the woman, who held the toddler along the way, back down the stairs and out to safety.

The fire could have been worse if not for a bit of luck: the flames melted a soldering joint on a copper water pipe. The pipe “let go” “like a sprinkler” and contained the flames by the time firefighters could put them out, Joost said.

He said he doesn’t yet know what caused the fire, but has “no reason to believe” it was suspicious.

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posted by: Mary Brown on December 8, 2013  11:34pm

Good Job and thanks for all you do to keep New Haven residents safe!

posted by: JustAnotherTaxPayer on December 9, 2013  11:57am

They are there all the time. Quiet, polite, fun loving, calmly standing by, away from their wives and children. Patiently knowing when it’s “time to roll”, and being second guessed by the many other’s with their own agendas, or even worse, being betrayed by some of the leadership, in city hall, their management, or worst of all leading their union.

Thank you to these firefighters, and all fire fighters. God Bless your families, and have a wonderful Christmas, and Good Fortune in the New Year.

posted by: Tim Holahan on December 9, 2013  1:14pm

Way to go, Teo! Corey Booker has nothing on the nicest guy in Westville.

posted by: Edward Whalley, H.C.J. on December 9, 2013  5:53pm

Great Job Teo.  New Haven is a better place for your work.  And Westville is a richer place with you and your family as our neighbor.

posted by: Mfarrell on December 10, 2013  2:55pm

Great job Teo! Nice to see some positive news.

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