Five were injured- two women already outside- two trapped girls and a Springfield MO paramedic who attempted to save them in a house fire in that south-central Missouri city around 9:15 a.m. Saturday morning.
The paramedic crew was first on the scene and found the 2 women already outside- but two girls were trapped in a bedroom.
According to The SPRINGFIELD (MO) NEWS-LEADER- paramedic Joe Heath who works for St. John's (Medical Center) EMS- who didn't have an air tank- broke the bedroom window and went inside and found one of the girls and brought her outside.
The paramedic was overcome by smoke- but a Springfield Fire department crewmember who had just arrived finished the rescue of the 2nd child.
All five were taken to a Springfield hospital- paramedic Heath was treated and released.
The rescued girls had suffered burns and "heavy smoke inhalation-" but were "breathing and conscious" while enroute to the hospital- stated the NEWS-LEADER story.
Captain Spaulding salutes Paramedic Heath- as well as the fire rescue crew members "Capt. John Grier and rescue specialists Jeff Elliott and Scott Lambeth-" and wish the survivors a speedy and full recovery!