Warren firefighters rescue resident from smoky house fire

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The only thing untouched by the flames inside the house was a cross on the wall

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Firefighters rescued a man from a burning house Tuesday morning. Their quick actions got him out to safety, but it may have been more than just luck on his side.

911 caller: “I think there’s a house on fire in my backyard.”

Around 8:30 a.m., firefighters were sent to a home in the 3200 block of Tod Ave. NW. The first crews arrived in just three minutes.

“The rescue crew made a quick entry and located the occupant in the living room of this one-story ranch,” said Warren Fire Chief Ken Nussle.

The only thing untouched by the flames inside the house was a cross on the wall.

“I’m not sure what that means but I’m hoping he survives this,” Chief Nussle said.

The man was seriously hurt. Firefighters said he had visible burns on his arms and inhaled smoke. He was taken to a local hospital and later flown to Akron for treatment.

Fire officials believe it started in the living room, but investigators from the city and state-level are looking into its cause.

“He was a smoker and there were O2 tanks in the living room, so we’re not ruling out anything right now,” Chief Nussle said.

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