Fire Chief Bucky Washam was one of the
first on the scene at 209 Ninth St. Heavy smoke was coming out of
the downstairs and flames were inside, the chief said. The boy's
mother, Shanda Roderick, and other family members were outside the
house. His mother was very distressed and said the boy was upstairs,
Chief Washam said.
Two firefighters were sent up the
ladders from the outside to open up the upstairs to get the smoke
clear enough to search for the boy, and two firefighters went in.
"They brought the boy out fairly
quick," Chief Washam said. The firefighters worked on him from the
house to the ambulance and to the hospital. "The guys did an
outstanding job of finding the boy and fighting the fire," Chief
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Chief Washam appreciated the assistance
at the scene from Lincoln Rural, Atlanta and Mount Pulaski Fire
inspectors Jim Davis and Tim Aper are working with the Office of the
State Fire Marshal investigating the incident, though nothing is
suspicious. It is believed the fire began downstairs but did travel
and cause damage upstairs.