September 21, 2023

Jackson Fire Captain Rescues Baby Trapped In Burning Home

Morgan Howard

A Captain with the Jackson Fire Department rescued a baby in a home engulfed in flames Saturday evening.

Captain John Butch from Engine 28, with the Jackson Fire Department described the miraculous rescue to us. He has served as a firefighter for over 25 years.

The 911 call came in around 9:00 p.m. about a home on Teresa Drive that was on fire.

Captain Butch said that while they were en route, the dispatcher told them there was a baby still in the house.

Engine 12, with Captain RaSean Thomas- JFD Local 87 Union President, arrived to the scene and rushed to pull a hose line and give an on-scene report.

As soon as Engine 28 pulled up, Captain Butch said he jumped off the truck before it even stopped and sprinted to the house. He could hear the baby screaming from the back of the house where the fire was heaviest.

Captain Butch sprinted through the flames to the back room, following the sound of the deafening screams of the 5-month-old baby boy.

When he got the baby, he said it was the most amazing thing he has ever seen in his career.

He said

“It was like God was watching over that baby because everything in the room was burning except the crib where the baby was.”

Captain Butch unzipped his jacket and tucked the baby inside, zipped it back up as high as he could, and ran back to the front of the house and out the front door.

The baby was miraculously unharmed, except for a little bit of smoke in his lungs.

He was taken to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

His injuries were minimal considering the situation he was in.

Engine 12, Engine 28, Rescue 11, and Jackson Police all responded to the scene of the fire to help.

The fire department quickly got the fire under control.




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