Suffield Firefighter Makes Daring Rescue During House Fire

Fire on Boston Neck Road in Suffield

A Suffield firefighter took quick action to rescue a resident from a house fire Friday morning.

Suffield fire officials said Lt. Seger was one of several firefighters who responded to a Lifeline activation from a resident at 567 Boston Neck Road just before 7 a.m. When firefighters arrived there was heavy black smoke coming from the back of the building.

Seger knew the building and knew the resident had limited mobility, so when he heard the resident’s calls for help, he entered the home without a hose line for his own protection and began crawling through heavy dark smoke to find the victim, fire officials said.

According to fire officials Seger was able to rescue the resident from the home and Suffield EMS began treatment immediately. The victim was taken to Saint Francis Hospital for further treatment.

Multiple agencies responded to assist with the call including Suffield police, Suffield Ambulance, the Suffield Highway Department, the Air National Guard, and the Southwick, Mass., Thompsonville and Windsor Locks fire departments.

The fire chief said the fire started in a back bedroom on the first floor and was contained to that area of the home. The house sustained some minimal smoke and water damage, officials said.

The victim, who lives alone, has a disability and his caretaker wasn't at the house when the fire broke out, officials said.

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