Smoke, not detectors, alerts Grand Island man to house fire

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - A Grand Island man was rescued from his home after a house fire early Friday morning.

The Grand Island Fire Department was called to the home in the 900 block of W. 8th Street around 5:45 a.m. The call came out for a house fire with a man trapped in the basement.

When the first crew arrived, the house was full of smoke. They did a primary search and was able to locate the tenant of the home. He was able to walk and firefighters drug him up from the basement through the smoke.

GIFD Captain Phil Thomas said the fire had started on the main floor and there were no functioning smoke detectors. The man, whose bedroom was in the basement, was alerted of the fire due to the smoke.

He said when the second crew arrived, they were able to go in and extinguish the fire. The flames had died down but they were able to see them on their thermal imaging cameras. Fire crews knocked them out and then ventilated the home.

The man was not injured. The American Red Cross was called in to help him for the night.

At this time, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.