Neighbor's 911 Call Leads To Rescue Of Family From Tulsa House Fire
TULSA, Oklahoma - New 911 tapes are giving us an even clearer picture of the desperate rescue of five people trapped in a burning home.
We saw firefighters' bravery from Osage SkyNews 6 HD; now we're hearing the dramatic three-minute call from a neighbor that sent them into action.
The operator tries several times to find out from neighbors whether anyone is trapped inside the burning home.
"Are they there? Hi my neighbor's house is on fire and I have no idea if anybody is in there. There's two babies that live there," the caller said.
The 911 call sends firefighters right into search and rescue mode.
Operator: "Is anybody in the house?"
Caller: "I have no idea."
At this point, neighbors were already trying to see if anyone was trapped inside the burning home, but they struggled to get past the front door.
Operator: "OK where are you seeing the flames?"
Caller: "I'm sorry what?"
Operator: "Where are the flames coming from?"
Caller: "The whole house, like the flames are coming out the front of the house and the side of the house right now."
Operator: "OK, everybody needs to get back at a safe distance."
Caller: "All the windows are busting out right now.”
The caller told the operator a car was in the driveway.
Operator: "Do we know if the car belongs to the people that live there?"
Operator: "It does, so they could possibly be inside?"
Caller: "Well the neighbor just told me they just left, so I don't know."
Operator: "The neighbors told you the residents left?"
Operator: "Ok, everybody needs to be back at a safe distance, we're getting them out there."
Flames were shooting out of the home when 40 firefighters arrived and flooded the home with hoses and rescue equipment.
Two adults and three children were pulled onto the front lawn in critical condition.
Firefighters performed chest compressions and rescue breathing on family members until paramedics rushed them to the hospital.
Family members said the two young boys rescued from the home suffered the most injuries. Both were flown to the Shriner's Burn Center in Texas.