Firefighters rescued a 52-year-old man who was found unconscious early Saturday morning in a smoke-filled home on Springfield’s northeast side.
According to the State Journal Register, Fire Chief Ken Fustin said the man was unresponsive when firefighters first found him trapped in the living room. Firefighters resuscitated him, and he was taken to St. John’s Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
The fire erupted about 3:45 a.m. at 1824 Hastings Road.
Before firefighters arrived, neighbors had smashed out windows of the home and rescued a 36-year-old woman, along with her three children, ages 2 to 9.
Authorities were still investigating the cause of the fire Saturday night, but Fustin said it appeared to have originated in the kitchen, possibly the result of unattended cooking.
All five members of the family were taken to St. John’s Hospital to be treated for injuries related to smoke-inhalation, Fustin said. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening.
Damage to the home was estimated to be $5,000. It took firefighters less than 15 minutes to extinguish the blaze.