Man found unconscious in burning home

Alamosa police officers and firefighters are shown on scene of a fire in south Alamosa where a man believed to be in his mid-60s was found unconscious and rescued by DFPC firefighters. Courier photo by John Waters

ALAMOSA– A man believed to be in his mid 60s was rescued from a burning home here at 1214 Bell Avenue around 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Firefighters from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) were first on scene and found the sole resident of the house unconscious under an elevated bed. Rescued by DFPC officers, he is believed to have suffered smoke inhalation and thermal injuries and was transferred by Alamosa EMS to San Luis Valley Health. His current condition is unknown.

DFPC Captain Zach Cerny said a passerby called in the fire and reportedly heard someone inside asking for help. Cerny said the occupant’s escape was blocked by flames which were extinguished by DFPC to reach the victim.

According to a news release from the City of Alamosa, the passerby attempted to enter the home and later required treatment at the emergency room. Cerny confirmed that he was treated and released.

Alamosa Fire Department and DFPC both responded to the scene with two fire trucks each and a combined 16 personnel, staying on scene for approximately two hours.

Cerny said the house suffered severe heat, smoke and water damage and is not livable. The cause of the fire is still under investigation but is believed to be accidental.


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