Firefighters had to make two rescues from a house fire in Waterloo early yesterday(Sun) morning. Two young girls were rescued from a bedroom, a firefighter was injured and a man who escaped the home were all transported to the hospital following the incident.
The fire was reported about 12:45 a.m. in the 2600 block of E. Fourth St. Firefighters said they arrived within three minutes of the call and found a chaotic scene, as they were told that children were trapped inside. Two Waterloo firefighters entered the story and a half single-family residence through a bedroom window and found two girls, ages 2 and 3, in the bedroom, one on a bed and the other on the floor. They were passed outside to waiting fire-rescue personnel. The children were airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City and their conditions are not known.
A man who had been in the home was found later sitting in a passing car that stopped to help. He also was transported to the hospital. The firefighter, who was not identified, was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and later released.
The house sustained an estimated $25,000 in fire and smoke damage throughout and the fire marshal has been called into to assist in the investigation to try and find a cause.