Illinois Firefighter Battles Vacant House Fire Solo

Working alone to save the house next door. Photo via KTVI Video
Working alone to save the house next door. Photo via KTVI Video

A Washington Park, Illinois firefighter fought a vacant house fire overnight — by himself. reported that the firefighter arrived to find a vacant house well involved spreading to the home next store. It took neighboring departments a half hour to arrive on the scene. The station reported that police tried to wake the occupants of the second home to no avail — until crews started spraying her house with water.

Dontay Brooks, a volunteer with the department, said he fought the blaze for about 35 minutes by himself. He said it was “pretty difficult” given the conditions. He said limited manpower and mutual aid had to be activated. Brooks has a love for the job and the community — which keeps him motivated to keep serving. Truly, an amazing story of dedication — and a sad story about declining conditions in some areas of our country in terms of response.

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