Man In Wheelchair Unable To Escape Dallas Fire

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A house fire in northwest Dallas turned deadly after a man inside was unable to escape in his wheelchair. The incident happened at about 8:40 p.m. Monday night in the 3800 block of Crown Shore Drive.

The fire was already burning strong when emergency crews first arrived on the scene. A woman was standing outside of the fiery home, near the front door, telling firefighters that her son was still trapped inside and could not get out because of his wheelchair. “Her son is wheelchair-bound and he had a difficult time negotiating whatever pathway he needed to get out,” said Jason Evans with Dallas Fire-Rescue.

Firefighters went inside of the burning home to attempt to rescue the man, but the smoke and flames became too overwhelming before he was located. “Firefighters immediately went inside for an aggressive offensive attack to try and search for the person that was still inside,” Evans explained. “The fire became so intense that they had to pull back for a defensive attack and monitor their own safety.”

Once the flames were extinguished, crews found the 59-year-old victim dead inside of the charred home. “He didn’t make it,” Evans confirmed. The official cause of death has not yet been determined.

Meanwhile, the home has been ruled a total loss. Fire officials are now trying to determine the exact cause of the fire, which is believed to have started in a back room of the home.


One Comment

  1. coretta says:

    THis is really sad, I feel for the family.

  2. YRofTexas says:

    My heart deeply goes out to this mother! How helpless she must have felt! I hope that she will find comfort in her faith, as something like this you never do get over.

    This is a great fear of mine. My hubby is in a wheelchair, and it would take nothing to confuse him into going the wrong way. I am hopeful that if anything like this occurred, that I am there, so that I can try to pull him to safety. I would ask for God’s strength to have the courage and physical ability to find him, guide him, and get him clear to safety.

    This is why homes with the elderly and handicapped must have more than one exit available. My mom’s house is to be changed for her, a room for her added to the back downstairs as my brother’s family need to move in after dad’s passing this April. I will stress to all that they practice evacuations (its a 2-story home, too!) like we did when we were kids still living there with Mom & Dad.

    Take this as a lesson to ALL….Practice fire drills in your own home; have exits laid out; a place to meet up, and know your neighbors so they can call 9-1-1.

  3. wixzoo says:

    OK wow, thats really scary when you think about it dude. Wow.

  4. Anthony Davis says:

    My prayers and thoughts go out to this family. I remember them when they were in Wisconsin over 30 years ago. His father was my Pastor and we loved them so much.

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