Firefighters pulled an elderly couple to safety as they attempted to use a garden hose to douse a fire in their house north of Ridgefield on Wednesday afternoon.
Firefighters were called to the 29900 block of Northwest 71st Avenue around 1:30 p.m. Clark County Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Dawdy said one 911 call indicated firefighters were heading to a barn fire, but it turned out to be in an old home.
The occupants, an older couple, were inside, Dawdy said.
“They were in their house, they heard some noise upstairs, and the fire and flame started creeping into the main floor,” he said. “They called 911 and actually started trying to fight the fire, which is something we don’t encourage people to do.”
Division Chief Dan Yager was among the first firefighters to arrive, then ran inside to bring the two outside. Afterward, the man from the house went back in.
“Again, something we discourage people from doing,” Dawdy said.