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Apartment resident rescued by Williamsville firefighters
Fri. May 17th 2019

An Evans Street resident remains hospitalized after being rescued from his burning apartment by Williamsville firefighters Friday morning.

Vello Puust, 87, who occupies a second-floor apartment at 327 Evans St., was found unconscious and unresponsive by Williamsville firefighters Greg Smith and James Christopher.

The company was alerted to the fire just before 9 a.m. Williamsville Chief Richard Maddigan arrived just a few minutes later.

“I saw nothing when I pulled up, but I could smell it [smoke],” he said.

“A neighbor came up to me and said there might be someone inside, upstairs.”

Ascending the short staircase, Maddigan noticed the smell of smoke was stronger. He felt the metal door to the apartment just off the landing and made a critical discovery.

“It was hot — very hot,” he said.

Williamsville Engine 1 arrived shortly thereafter and the crew assembled to extinguish the fire and search for victims.

They found the seat of the fire just inside the door. Fortunately, Maddigan said, no other doors or windows were open, which prevented the fire from extending.

Working their way through cluttered conditions, Smith and Christopher knocked down the flames and continued their search toward the opposite end of the room. There, Smith found the victim slumped near a chair. He was unresponsive and in cardiac arrest.

Members of the Snyder Fire Department, automatically dispatched with Williamsville, assisted in bringing the victim outside, where a crew from Twin City Ambulance was already waiting to initiate care.

They administered CPR to the victim for several minutes before wheeling him to the ambulance, where advanced life-saving efforts were continued. He soon regained a pulse and had sporadic breathing, Maddigan said.

Puust was transported to the ECMC trauma unit in serious condition, according to Amherst Police.

“Thanks to our manpower response and training, everything just fell into place. I couldn’t ask for a better outcome,” Maddigan said.

Also responding to the call was a crew from the Main-Transit Fire Department.

Total damage was estimated at $70,000.


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