Mesa police rescue 63-year-old man from inside burning house

Apr 20, 2022, 4:05 AM | Updated: May 5, 2022, 4:25 pm
(Mesa Police Department  Screenshot)...
(Mesa Police Department Screenshot)
(Mesa Police Department Screenshot)

PHOENIX — Mesa police officers rescued a 63-year-old man from inside a burning house last week, authorities said.

A lieutenant with the Mesa Police Department was patrolling near Main and 63rd streets just before 6 p.m. on April 12 when he discovered an unreported house fire, the Mesa Police Department said in a press release.

He was told the man, due to his physical condition, was unable to evacuate the home, which was fully engulfed in flames, authorities said.

Officers entered through a window after being blocked at another entrance due to the extent of the fire.

With the help of a neighbor, officers were able to rescue the man through the window.

First aid was performed on the man by officers before Mesa Fire and Medical personnel took over for further treatment and took him to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A video of the rescue can be viewed. [WARNING: Video may be considered graphic.]

The lieutenant during the rescue attempt was overcome by smoke and dropped to his knees before being assisted away from the fire by other officers, authorities said.

He and another officer were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, but both have since been released and are recovering, authorities said.

“The unselfish efforts by the Mesa Police Department members involved in this incident undoubtedly saved the life of the male resident and other residents in and around the structure,” the department said.

“This is a good example of how the Mesa Police Department and Mesa Fire/Medical Department, and the community can seamlessly work together as a team to assist the citizens of Mesa.”

The cause of the fire was found to be some old cardboard and leaves outside the residence, authorities said, with the high winds on the day resulting in the fire spreading through the structure.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)...
SuElen Rivera

Daughter of 2002 murder victim on Hobbs halting executions: It’s ‘traumatizing to my family’

The daughter of 2002 murder victim Ted Price said Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs' decision to halt prisoner execution is traumatizing her family as they expected Price's killer to be executed next month.
6 hours ago
(Phoenix Zoo/KNIX Barbecue and Beer photos)...

Weekend guide: Here are the biggest events around metro Phoenix for March 24-26

From sporting events to more wine festival celebrations, there will be a lot to do around the Valley this weekend.
6 hours ago
(Getty Images Photos)...

Arizona Sen. Sinema agrees with Mayorkas, says it’s on Congress to reform border, immigration laws

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona on Thursday agreed with Alejandro Mayorkas that it was up to Congress to reform border, immigration laws.
6 hours ago
(Arizona Department of Transportation Flickr Photo)...

Freeway closures on I-17, US 60 to affect metro Phoenix drivers this weekend

Freeway closures on both sides of the Valley and near Sky Harbor Airport could cause delays this weekend for drivers.
6 hours ago
(Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Photo)...

Security incident disrupts activity at Sky Harbor Airport

A security incident disrupted activity at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix on Thursday evening, but authorities concluded there was no threat.
1 day ago
(Drug Enforcement Agency File Photo)...

Man charged after 1 million fentanyl pills seized in Arizona during search

Federal authorities said detectives found more than 1 million fentanyl pills during searches of a man's residence and vehicle in Arizona.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Company looking for oldest air conditioner and wants to reward homeowner with new one

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Prep the plumbing in your home just in time for the holidays

With the holidays approaching, it's important to know when your home is in need of heating and plumbing updates before more guests start to come around.
(Desert Institute for Spine Care photo)...

Why DISC is world renowned for back and neck pain treatments

Fifty percent of Americans and 90% of people at least 50 years old have some level of degenerative disc disease.
Mesa police rescue 63-year-old man from inside burning house