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Posted on Sat, Jan 29, 2011 : 7:27 a.m.

2 injured in house fire on Ann Arbor's west side

By Amalie Nash


Ann Arbor firefighters battle a blaze on Westaire Court on the city's west side early this morning.

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Updated story: 1 dead, 1 in critical condition after fire on Westaire Court on Ann Arbor's west side

Ann Arbor firefighters rescued an unconscious man and woman from the basement of a home on the city's west side early today after a fire broke out on the first floor, fire officials said.

Both were taken to the University of Michigan Hospital as CPR was being performed, and both had a pulse by the time they arrived, Ann Arbor Fire Capt. Jim Budd said.

Two other people who were inside the home at 2275 Westaire Court escaped injury and were outside when firefighters arrived, Budd said.

The fire in the 1,500-square-foot ranch was reported at 5:01 a.m. Budd said he did not know who called to report the fire.

When crews arrived, about 20 percent of the home was on fire, and it was spreading, Budd said. The two occupants who made it outside told firefighters two others were still inside, Budd said.

Firefighters found the man and woman in the basement, and they were unconscious from smoke inhalation, Budd said. They were rushed to the U-M Hospital; an update on their condition was not available at 9:30 a.m., Budd said.

All 20 of the city's firefighters on duty responded to the scene and got the fire under control by 6:19 a.m., Budd said. Crews are expected to be on the scene most of the day doing overhaul while fire investigators attempt to pinpoint the cause of the blaze.

Budd said it's too early to determine what may have caused the fire, but it appeared to start on the first floor.

The house is still standing, but the interior was gutted by the fire, Budd said.

It's unclear whether all four people lived in the home. Budd said all appeared to be in their 20s.



Sun, Jan 30, 2011 : 2:42 a.m.

Thank you so much for all of your prayers. I know many of you would like to know how the two injured parties are...the woman has suffered severe smoke inhilation and is not doing very well the next 24-48 hrs are very critical and on behalf of her family I would like to ask you all to continue to pray for her. as for the male he unfortunately did not make it and please pray for his family during this hard time, no parent should ever have to put their child to rest. i to would like to thank the fireman because without them neither of these two people would even have had a chance to survive

Dominick Lanza

Sat, Jan 29, 2011 : 11:15 p.m.

Lets keep the need for firfighterd in mind when the city wants to lay more off. These folks do a great job but if there arent enough of them we are in trouble


Sat, Jan 29, 2011 : 8:17 p.m.

Could we get an update on the condition of the people involved? Thanks.


Sat, Jan 29, 2011 : 8:11 p.m.

It is refreshing to see all the comments thanking our dedicated fire, police, and ems crews. Too many comments lately have been negative toward some of these people. All of these men and women serve us 24/7 and I thank them all in all our communities.


Sat, Jan 29, 2011 : 7:55 p.m.

Prayers to the rescued victims and thank you to the Fire Department, EMS and Police Departments. I'd also like to say that the photos that were taken and posted are great pictures. They are so clear and crisp and make this story all the more personal to the readers. The pictures are so good that it makes you feel as if you were there when this happened this morning.


Sat, Jan 29, 2011 : 6:14 p.m.

Thank you Ann arbor fire and also the hva paramedics who successfully resuscitation these individuals. Also to Ann arbor police officers. These departments work as a team to take care of the citizens of Ann arbor. Than you for risking your lives to save others.


Sat, Jan 29, 2011 : 6:11 p.m.

Praying for the two people severely injured in this fire. I than God, we have brave men and women who walk into fires to save others.


Sat, Jan 29, 2011 : 3:53 p.m.

Prayers to all and special thanks to the firefighters who walk into fire to save others. They are the best!! Thanks to firefighters everywhere.

Old Salt

Sat, Jan 29, 2011 : 3:42 p.m.

Thank God not only for the survivors but also for the AA Fire Department especially to the men who saved the lives of wo persons


Sat, Jan 29, 2011 : 1:50 p.m.

We should all remember to thank our firefighters whenever we run across them. Their job is among the most dangerous in the world, and they often get overlooked. These two people are alive today because of our brave firefighters. Bravo!

Linda Peck

Sat, Jan 29, 2011 : 1:12 p.m.

I send my prayers and blessings for the people injured and their families.