Wisconsin Firefighter Saves Three From Burning Home

By KBJR News 1

March 12, 2013 Updated Mar 13, 2013 at 10:32 AM CDT

Ashland, WI (NNCNOW.com) - A Wisconsin firefighter's quick thinking and bravery helped save three people from their burning home in Ashland County.

Mike Korpela was on his way home from Ironwood Michigan after visiting with some family, when allong US 2 he saw smoke in the distance.

At first he wasn't worred, since it is the time of year many people burn garbarge or brush piles, but as he got closer, he relized this was more than a brush fire.

"As I was coming down the hill, I saw fire coming out of the East side of the house," said Koprela.

He pulled up to the driveway to dial 911 only to find there was no cell service, so instead he sprung into action.

"I ran up to the door, checked to see if it was hot, cracked it open, peeked inside and there was some moderate smoke, and I could see people moving around, but not on their way out to the door, so I ran inside and what I found was the older couple and what I assume was their son trying to put buckets of water on the fire."

Korpela managed to get everyone out of the house including the owner's two dogs safely.

"Mike acted very professionally, he made his call, most people would have ran right in," said Ashland Mayor Bill Whalen, who shared the story on his Facebook page.

Korpela reminds us that when it comes to fires, possessions are replaceable, so if you find yourself in that situation, you should get out of the house safely and wair for help instead of trying to handle it yourself.

The fire broke out in the kitchen on March 6.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
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