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 The damage to the home, according to the Berkley Public Safety Department, was confined to the kitchen, though there was smoke damage throughout the house.

The damage to the home, according to the Berkley Public Safety Department, was confined to the kitchen, though there was smoke damage throughout the house.

Photo provided by the Berkley Public Safety Department


Berkley woman rescued from burning home

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published January 10, 2020 | Updated January 13, 2020 3:14pm

 Public safety personnel help a Berkley woman evacuate her home from its second floor after the home caught fire Jan. 7.

Public safety personnel help a Berkley woman evacuate her home from its second floor after the home caught fire Jan. 7.

Photo provided by the Berkley Public Safety Department

 Officials from the Beverly Hills Department of Public Safety were on hand to help extinguish the fire at a home in Berkley Jan. 7.

Officials from the Beverly Hills Department of Public Safety were on hand to help extinguish the fire at a home in Berkley Jan. 7.

Photo provided by the Berkley Public Safety Department

 In addition to officials from Berkley, Oak Park and Beverly Hills, personnel from the Huntington Woods Department of Public Safety assisted in putting out the fire at a Berkley home.

In addition to officials from Berkley, Oak Park and Beverly Hills, personnel from the Huntington Woods Department of Public Safety assisted in putting out the fire at a Berkley home.

Photo provided by the Berkley Public Safety Department

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BERKLEY — Berkley public safety officers were able to rescue a resident after her home caught on fire.

Authorities responded at 12:15 p.m. Jan. 7 to the 4100 block of Cummings Avenue after they received a call from a 52-year-old Berkley woman saying that her home was on fire.

According to Public Safety Department Director Matt Koehn, the fire was on the first floor of the home and the caller was trapped on the second floor. After officers and fire rescue personnel arrived at the scene, a ladder was set up to help the woman.

“There was a bed right inside the window that was kind of blocking the window, so (an officer) had a hard time getting the bed out of the way in order to make enough room for her to get out the window,” he said. “He was able to do that and then he basically carried her down the ladder.”

In describing the scene, Koehn explained that first responders could see smoke emitting from the second floor, with an obvious fire on the first. After the woman was evacuated from her home, officers began working to extinguish the flames.

“The damage was confined,” he said. “There was smoke damage throughout the house, but the fire damage was confined to the kitchen.”

Though emergency personnel were able to put out the fire quickly, it’s not known how it started. The cause still is under investigation, Koehn said.

The Berkley woman trapped in the home was Melinda Cronk. According to her husband, Dennis, earlier that day she had undergone a surgical procedure on her back and had undergone anesthesia.

Dennis Cronk stated that he had taken his wife back home at 10:30 a.m. after her procedure. He heard at 12:25 p.m. that his home had caught on fire and that Melinda Cronk had to be taken to the hospital.

Melinda Cronk was treated by Berkley officers and personnel from Alliance Mobile Health, which transported her to Beaumont Hospital for her non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

“She had definitely suffered some smoke inhalation,” Koehn said. “She was conscious and alert.”

Dennis Cronk said his wife suffered a collapsed lung from the smoke inhalation, but she has been doing well since the fire.

“She still has a little bit of chest pain, and she uses an inhaler once in a while, but considering all the smoke inhalation and the collapsed lung, she’s doing a lot better,” he said.

Berkley police and fire officers received help from the Huntington Woods, Beverly Hills and Oak Park public safety departments in putting out the fire. DTE Energy and Consumers Energy also responded to the scene.

Koehn said the quick response by his staff was “seamless” and a “team effort,” noting that the team went into rescue mode right away to get Melinda Cronk out of her home and away from the smoke.

“We ended up with probably close to 20 personnel by the time the incident was over, but the first-arriving officers from Berkley did a fabulous job of setting things up and getting the ladder up and getting her out,” he said. “We strive for perfection. It’s pretty hard to achieve that, but it was pretty close here. They did a really good job.”

Dennis Cronk said Jan. 13 that he planned to visit the Berkley Public Safety Department that day to express his thanks to the officers who saved his wife’s life.

“What’s important to know is that they did absolutely everything right,” he said. “Luckily, my wife woke up when she smelled the smoke. The bedroom bed headboard was kind of thick, and unfortunately it was trapping the part of the window that opens and closes. And had they not immediately gone to putting that ladder up and trying to bust through that bed, there was so much smoke she wouldn’t have made it another five minutes. That’s what the doctor told her, as well as what the firemen said, because the smoke was so bad. Luckily, they’re quick-thinking. They were fantastic.”

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