Blotnick pulled over and looked in his rear-view mirror. The girls were right. The garage at Tana Lane was on fire. Ray's grade school, drove back to the house to investigate.
When he got to the front door, Steve Blotnick said he could hear several smoke detectors going off, and there was a strong smell of smoke filling up the house. He also noticed the garage door was open and there were cars parked there. The garage continued to fill with thick, black smoke.
Fearful that the homeowners were unaware of the smoke billowing out of their garage, Blotnick said he tried to open the front door several times, but it would not budge. Inside, the house was filled with smoke, and he saw a small, older lady. She was wearing a pink bathrobe and holding a cane. He eventually got her out of the house to safety. Moments later, Blotnick learned, there was still a second person inside. An older man emerged from another of the rooms.
The man kept saying, "My cats! My cats! I grabbed him I yelled, 'I'm leaving. You gotta come,'" Blotnick remembered saying. About this time, the Joliet Fire Department arrived on the scene.
St. ray's students spot burning house, 2 lives saved
Firefighters spent about an hour extinguishing the blaze. All three cats were saved from the burning house, the fire department noted.
Blotnick said it was his daughters and their friend who deserve all the credit for spotting the fire. He said the girls took the initiative of calling to report the burning house and alerting the neighbor who had hosted the sleepover as well.
If his daughter Claire did not alert him to the working fire during the drive home, Steve Blotnick said, he's percent certain the entire house would have gone up in flames and the older couple surely would have perished. He said the education regarding fire safety that the girls had learned at St. Ray's school was instrumental in helping save two lives on Sunday morning. They did it. All three girls are very smart. They acted with no direction at all.
It's a real testament to our youth. I was never so proud of those three girls. It was awesome. City fire stations 6,7, 8 and 5 responded to the burning house, and firefighters spotted heavy fire damage inside the garage area, Fire Chief Greg Blaskey told Joliet Patch.
The remainder of the home sustained ificant smoke and water damage and will not be habitable. The investigation is still in its preliminary stage and cause and estimates of loss are not yet available, the chief said.
On Saturday night, Joliet's Fire Department battled another west-side structure fire that caused ificant damage to a house in the Mayfair subdivision. To request removal of your name from an arrest report, submit these required items to arrestreports patch. Image via Joliet Fire Department.
Find out what's happening in Joliet with free, real-time updates from Patch. Let's go! His instincts told him there had to be people still inside. Finally, he got it open, he told Patch.
The man alerted Steve Blotnick that his cats were somewhere inside the house. The fire on the city's west side was reported around a.
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