Mpls Firefighters Rescue Young Girl from Burning Building

Updated: 05/16/2013 7:34 AM By: Jay Kolls

Minneapolis firefighters rushed into a burning duplex to save the life of a 6-year-old girl trapped inside.

The fire broke out last Friday in the 2500 block of Fourth Street North.

The flames were contained to the top floor, and firefighters had to contend with thick smoke as they moved upstairs to look for the little girl. Captain Mike Hess from Station Four made the initial entrance trying to locate the girl who was lying unconscious.

Hess tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he used his right hand along the wall leading upstairs and he "took a couple turns and then fortunately felt the little girl's body."

The whole time he was blinded by the smoke and literally had to crawl from room to room. Hess told us he was fortunate to make a right turn and not a left turn, or he might not have reached the girl in time.

Hess then had to try and make his way back down the steps to safety carrying the girl to safety.

One of his partners, firefighter Mike Tracy, helped Hess and the little girl find their way down the steps and to the front door.

Tracy and Hess were able to get the girl outside quickly and paramedics were on the scene to treat her for smoke inhalation.

Fortunately, the girl was released from the hospital a couple days ago and she is back with her family and doing well. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Click here to watch an extended interview with the firefighters.