KALKASKA, MI – A Michigan State Police soldier and two firefighters rescued an unconscious woman from a burning house in northern Michigan.
According to the MSP, the rescue took place when Private Adam Whited and two firefighters from Kalkaska Township responded to a house on North Coral Street in Kalkaska on Wednesday to find it filled with smoke and a fire raging in one. bedrooms.
The three men determined that there was someone in the house. They eventually located Denise Schroeter, 62, who was unconscious on the kitchen floor, crawling into the smoky house, police said.
They pulled her from the burning house as more help arrived, police said. She was rushed to Kalkaska Munson Hospital and later transferred to Munson Medical in Traverse City for further treatment for smoke inhalation.
She is expected to recover, police said. Witnesses at the scene said Schroeter would likely have died without the swift action of first responders.
Whited and the two firefighters were taken to Kalkaska Munson Hospital, where they were treated for smoke inhalation and released.
Home owner and victim’s roommate Sandra Barber, 66, told police five dogs, three pet birds and two hamsters died in the blaze. She was at work when the fire broke out, police said.
The Kalkaska Township Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire. The Clearwater Fire Department and the Cold Springs Excelsior Fire Department helped put out the blaze.
Kalkaska EMS and the Ministry of Natural Resources also intervened on the scene.