TRAA paramedics spot smoke, rescue 6 from burning house

Firefighters quickly put out flames in the attic of a home in the 400 block of West Rudisill Blvd. on Mar. 2, 2017.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A pair of eagle-eyed TRAA paramedics spotted smoke coming from a house on West Rudisill Boulevard early Thursday morning.

The duo, Nate Stine and Jeromy Yadin, were riding in their ambulance headed to their post when they thought they saw fog. They realized it was too cold for fog and discovered smoke coming from a home at 434 West Rudisill.

“Just seeing the amount of smoke that we saw and how much smoke was billowing out of the attic, we knew it was a situation that had to be taken care of immediately,” said Yadon.

The two paramedics told NewsChannel 15 they jumped out of the squad and started banging on windows and doors.

“It was urgent,” Stine said. “Fire does spread very quickly when it’s not contained.”

They were able to Shafonda Lewis, her two children and three grandchildren out of the home safely before firefighters arrived.

“At first, I didn’t know what it was so I was basically like who’s trying to get in my house,” said Shafonda Lewis. “That’s what I thought at first, because they were banging. I didn’t know what was going on.”

Fort Wayne firefighters were dispatched at 1:55 a.m. and found fire in the attic. Fire officials said they initially had difficultly getting to attic because of limited access. The flames were put out by 2:16 a.m.

FWFD said no one was hurt and fire damage was moderate to the home. The two-story home also had moderate water damage and minor smoke damage.

“We all got out,” Lewis said. “We got out safe. Even when we got outside, they made sure we were safe outside. So at this point, I got to thank God and also thank these two men that came by to save us. Grateful.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation. In the meantime, the house is condemned.

The American Red Cross was called to assist the family.