A man and his dog were rescued from a burning home on Tuesday, Jan. 8, by New London firefighters.
A fire was reported at 509 W. Waupaca St., New London, at around 1:47 p.m. The homeowner, John Janke, 41, had called 911 to report the fire and said that he was trapped on the second floor of the burning house.
Firefighters arrived in minutes and found Janke hanging onto the outside of the house from a second story window. Firefighters used a ladder from the first arriving engine to assist Janke down to the ground. Janke was transported by the New London Ambulance to New London Family Medical Center where he was treated for second and third degree burns as well as smoke inhalation.
A dog secured inside the house was also removed by firefighters. The dog appears to be fine.
The fire, which was in an upstairs bedroom, was quickly extinguished by firefighters. The house was extensively damaged by the fire, smoke and heat. According to fire department officials, it appears the fire may have started in a wall near a light switch in the upstairs of the older home.
The American Red Cross has been contacted to assist Janke, his wife, and their three children (ages 18, 9 and 5).