The Bellevue Fire Department responded to a house fire early this morning on Madison Street in Olde Towne Bellevue north of Mission Middle School. The call came out as house fire with person trapped. Fortunately, Bellevue Engine 1 was able to respond within minutes and after noticing smoke, they were able to force entry into the front door. Once they entered the house, they realized how much smoke they were dealing with and Battalion Chief Brian Staskiewicz, who was the incident commander, deemed this a Level 2 working fire.
After further inspection of the house, through the heavy smoke, Firefighters from Bellevue Engine 1 found 1 female victim in back bedroom and removed the victim, alive and conscious, out the front door where Bellevue Paramedic took over and transported her to Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. At the same time, firefighters were able to extinguish the fire which started in the dining room area of the house within a few minutes of arrival. The ventilation and secondary search of the residence found 2 dogs and 2 cats, that were alive and they were also removed from the house and received appropriate care.
Thank you to the men and women of the Bellevue Fire Department for their quick reaction to this overnight fire and the life saving measures they took upon arrival!