Daring rescue in Paso Robles
August 2, 2013
Paso Robles firefighters saved a teen trapped in a burning car on Thursday.
At about 10 p.m., firefighters arrived at the intersection of South River and Charlois roads to find a vehicle on fire, multiple electric lines down on the car and a 16-year-old trapped inside screaming for help.
The first arriving fire engine captain elected to begin extinguishing the fire and extracting the driver, in spite of the hazard to firefighters. Crews worked for ten minutes to free the driver.
Emergency medical personnel then transported the teen to Sierra Vista Hospital because of the nature and severity of his injuries.
It took approximately 15 minutes for PG&E technicians to arrive and cut the power lines. Power to the area is expected to be out for at least twelve hours.