Whitfield Co. releases 911 tape of disabled man trapped inside burning home
DALTON, Georgia (WDEF) – Whitfield County Firefighters saved a 71 year old man last Friday when his mobile home caught on fire.
He was disabled and trapped inside the burning home on Doe Trail.
The fire was already raging when he called 911.
“Hurry, please, I don’t want to die!”
“Hurry, the whole house is on fire.”
“Hurry, I’m burning up.”
Firefighters arrived in seven minutes and found heavy smoke coming from the home.
They found the man lying on the floor about 20 feet inside with the phone still in his hand.
The first crews pulled him out and began working on him while later arriving units put out the fire.
“There was zero visibility inside the trailer,” Assistant Chief Nathan Callaway said.
“Even the fire crews that went in reported zero visibility; there was smoke from floor to ceiling. They were kind of feeling their way in until they felt the man and they were actually able to communicate with him to find his location before they were able to bring him out. Part of the problem with him not being able to get out on his own was the smoke was so thick he couldn’t see the door to crawl to it.”
The victim was taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation.
“Our 911 dispatchers did a great job during this stressful call,” Director of Emergency Services David Metcalf said.
“They used their skills and training to assist the Whitfield County Fire Department in saving the homeowner while he was trapped in his residence. I am very proud of my staff and thankful that they were able to help save a life.”