At 0530 hours on Wednesday May 7, 2014, the Buffalo Grove Illinois Fire Department, assisted by the Arlington Heights Fire Department, rescued a man from his smoke filled residence. The units initially responded to the 100 block of Old Oak Court East for a report of an activated smoke detector with someone in the dwelling. A neighbor called the fire department after having been awaken by the sound of a smoke alarm coming from the unit next door. When the man went to find the source of the alarm, he rang his neighbor’s bell and heard the man say something that could not be clearly heard, at which point he called the fire department.

Upon the arrival of the first fire units there was no smoke or fire showing. As the crew from Buffalo Grove Tower 25 attempted to make entry through a patio door, they encountered smoke from the unit and they immediately forced entry and found the resident lying on the floor. The crew of Arlington Heights Engine 4 found the source of the smoke was a chair cushion on fire. Engine 4 removed the cushion to the outside and extinguished the fire. The resident was transported by Buffalo Grove paramedics to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights. His condition is unknown at this time but does not appear to be life-threatening.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.