Crews rescue man, dog after fire rips through south St. Louis home

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 4:46 AM

Updated Monday, May 5 at 4:47 PM

(KMOV) - Two people were hospitalized after house fire in south St. Louis on Monday.

The St. Louis Fire Department responded to a 9-1-1 call for a trapped person in the 6400 block of Colletta around 6:30 a.m.

Upon their arrival, crews found heavy smoke billowing from the one-story home. A woman who escaped the home was also in the front yard.

Crews immediately began to attack the fire and search for a second victim.

Captain Greggory Favre with the St. Louis Fire Department told News Four the fire was heaviest near the kitchen and bathroom on the main floor of the home.

Firefighters removed a man who was unconscious from inside the house. He was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries.

Crews also rescued a dog from the home. Stray Rescue of St. Louis responded to the scene and transport the the animal for treatment.

Earlier in the morning, neighbors heard a woman calling for help. They told News 4 they attempted to use a garden house to knock down the flames before going inside to search for the man.

 

 Favre said investigators do not know whether the home had a working smoke detector. 

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