By Mike Perleberg
(Aurora, Ind.) - Firefighters from Aurora and Lawrenceburg saved a man trapped inside a burning apartment building Saturday, September 14.
Firefighters from Aurora and Lawrenceburg were participating in the Lowe’s Safety Saturday event at Lowe’s. Just before noon as the firefighters were speaking with families and giving kids a look inside their firetrucks, a call came in for heavy smoke at an apartment on Park Avenue in Aurora.
Firefighters were on scene at 439 Park Avenue, Apt. 25, quickly, said Aurora Fire Chief Jeff Lane. Neighbors advised that the apartment’s resident might still be inside. Firefighters entered the smoke-filled apartment and found the resident, Clarence L. Baker, trapped inside the bathroom.
The firefighters carried Baker to safety. He was transported to Dearborn County Hospital by Aurora Life Squad, then later transferred to University of Cincinnati Medical Center by UC Air Care. Baker’s current condition is not known.
The fire on the kitchen stove was knocked down. Investigators determined the cause of the fire was food left on the burning stove.
Damage to the apartment was estimated at $10,000.
Approximately 15 firefighters were on the scene for about 90 minutes.