TWO BSO DEPUTIES RESCUE ELDERLY WOMAN FROM SMO

January 24, 2008

 TWO BSO DEPUTIES RESCUE ELDERLY WOMAN FROM SMO

Two Lauderdale Lakes BSO deputies carried a 75-year-old woman out of her burning home Wednesday morning to safety. Deputies Greg Lose and Mike Ruback arrived at 4129 NW 52nd Ave. around 10:00 a.m. to find Gerard DuPoux, 81 standing in front of his single-story home with smoke coming out of it. DuPoux told the deputies that his wife, 75-year-old Raymonde DuPoux was still inside the house. The deputies entered the smoke-filled house and found DuPoux trying to collect her possessions. Dep. Lose said the smoke was so thick that they couldn’t even see. DuPoux, reluctant to leave her home, was carried out to safety by the deputies. She was treated on the scene by Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue paramedics for smoke inhalation. Firefighters used thermal imaging cameras to locate the fire, which was in the attic above a bathroom. They were able to contain the fire to the attic and put it out in about 20 minutes according to Mike Jachles, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman. Raymonde DuPoux told firefighters that she “switched the heater on a few days ago, but it never turned on.” Investigators are looking into that as one possible cause.

Photo credit: Mike Jachles/Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue 

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