Statesboro firefighters rescued two victims of an early-morning fire Monday, helping a man hanging out of a two-story window and a woman trapped inside the burning apartment building.
Around 4:09 a.m., the Statesboro Fire Department responded to a call about a structure fire on Georgia Avenue near Chandler Road, said Statesboro fire Public Information Officer Derek Stoddard.
As they were on the way to the scene, firefighters learned that victims were possibly entrapped.
"There was at least one confirmed victim entrapment on the second floor, and possibly another, also on the second floor," he said. "When fire department units arrived on scene, firefighters found a two-story … apartment building with heavy smoke and fire conditions."
A man was found "hanging out of his second-story window," and a ladder was immediately positioned to rescue him.
Other firefighters entered the building, "knocking down the fire as they performed a search for any (other) persons still inside," he said.
The second victim, a woman, was heard "calling for help in the zero-visibility smoke conditions. (Firefighters) were able to locate and remove her from the building and began rendering aid before returning to finish attacking the fire," Stoddard said.
Bulloch County EMS transported both victims to East Georgia Regional Medical Center for further treatment.
"The actions taken by our personnel at this incident are a testament to the dedication and hard work our firefighters put forth to become proficient in their profession," said Statesboro fire Chief Tim Grams. "It is situations such as these, where lives are saved, that the countless hours of relentless training and preparation our folks put in really pay dividends. I couldn't be prouder of our firefighters, officers, and our public safety brothers and sisters that serve our community so well."
He said the Statesboro Fire Department as a whole "commends all its personnel for their quick and decisive actions that lead to the rescue of two individuals as well as limiting the damage and spread of the fire within the building."
The department "also recognizes the invaluable assistance provided by the Statesboro Police Department, Bulloch County EMS and Bulloch County 911."
The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Statesboro Fire Department, the Statesboro Police Department and the Georgia State Fire Marshall's Office.
Information regarding the victims' identities and conditions are not being released at this time, Stoddard said.