A Greenville couple was rescued from their home last week after it caught fire.
According to the Greenville Department of Safety, Officers Casey Huber and Eric Hoig responded to a fire last Thursday, about 5:55 a.m., at 313 E. Cass St. in Greenville. An 83-year-old woman at the residence told Huber there was also a 65-year-old man in a second floor bedroom. Officer Huber attempted to go upstairs, but was prevented by heavy smoke and fire. He called out to the man, who said he needed help and could not get out.
Huber took the woman out of the home, and when the fire engine arrived, grabbed a ladder and placed it on the roof near the bedroom window where the man was trapped. He then climbed the ladder and tried to make contact with the man, and clearly saw flames in the bedroom.
Officer Hoig entered the house and yelled to the man to go toward Officer Huber, who was at the bedroom window. Huber then reached through the window and pulled the man to safety. He and Fireman Tom Miller brought the man down the ladder. The man was treated by Montcalm County EMS and transported first to Spectrum Health United and later to a Grand Rapids area hospital.
Greenville Public Safety Officers were able to extinguish the fire, which appears to have started on the second floor. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Greenville was assisted by the Belding Fire Department.