UPDATE: Off-Duty Firefighter Saves Couple From Fire

Posted On October 31, 2013

By Matt Popovich



Firefighters on the scene of a house fire in Greendale Thursday, October 31.

Matt Popovich-Eagle 99.3


Matt Popovich-Eagle 99.3


Update posted at 2:29 p.m.:


An off-duty Greendale firefighter is being called a hero after he rescued two people from a burning home Thursday afternoon.


Greendale and Lawrenceburg Fire Departments responded to a structure fire at 946 Nowlin Avenue in Greendale at 12:17 p.m. The initial call to dispatch stated that two individuals were trapped inside the residence and could not escape.


Off-duty Greendale firefighter, Lieutenant Michael Kernan, who also works full time for the City of Greendale, was first on the scene. According to Greendale Fire Chief Shannon Craig, Kernan kicked in the side door of the residence and made contact with the female resident.


The woman could not evacuate her home without assistance, so Kernan helped her exit the home. She informed Kernan that her husband was still located in the front bedroom of the house. Craig said Kernan then placed a pillow over his mouth and went back inside the smoke-filled home. He found the man in a back bedroom and carried him ouside. 


The couple were both taken to Dearborn County Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. Neither suffered burns from the fire.


Two dogs were also in the home at the time of the fire. Firefighters went in and successfully rescued the animals.


The fire appears to have begun in the kitchen of the home, possibly a cooking related fire, Craig said.


Aurora and Bright Fire Departments also responded to offer further assistance.




Original story posted 1:04 p.m.:


(Greendale, Ind.) – Two people were reported to be inside a burning home in Greendale Thursday afternoon.


The house fire was reported at about 12:17 p.m. at 946 Nowlin Avenue, according to dispatchers.


The two people inside the home were able to make it out. It was unclear if they were injured.


Firefighters from Greendale, Lawrenceburg, and Aurora remain on scene battling the blaze.


Eagle 99.3 has a reporter on scene and will share updates as they become available.