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Fulton House Fire Rescue

By Dale Gathright, Jr., 01/1/21 8:51 AM


FULTON – Quick action by volunteer firemen and Hempstead County Sheriff’s Deputies led to a rescue at a house fire Wednesday afternoon in Fulton.

Sheriff James Singleton said  Deputies Kyle Malone and Layton Medlen were dispatched to 211 Ogan Street in Fulton regarding a residence being on fire. Dispatch advised the deputies that there were people still inside. Upon the deputies arrival, the Fulton Volunteer Fire Department was on scene. Deputies were advised by one of the volunteer firefighters there was still a woman inside the residence.

Deputies were also advised by a fireman who was passing by that he had observed smoke coming from the residence and an individual with a water hose spraying water on the house who stated that an elderly woman was still in the house. The fireman entered the residence and escorted the woman out of the residence. Deputies made contact with the 64 year old woman who stated that she and two 11 year old children were able to get out of the residence, but her 30 year old son, Terrance Wesson, was still inside near the southwest bedroom of the residence.

Deputies observed that the northeast corner of the residence was engulfed in flames, and filled with thick black smoke that made it impossible to see inside the residence. Deputies observed firefighter Clay Antley of the Crossroads VFD enter the residence but came back out a few seconds later and stated the he could not see inside due to the thick smoke and could not locate anyone. Firefighter Antley then broke out the window to the bedroom and placed a ladder in the window. Deputy Malone climbed the ladder and was unable to see inside the room due to the thick smoke. Deputy Malone called out but did not get a response.

Deputies Malone and Medlen made their way through the smoke along with firemen where they discovered Wesson unresponsive in a bath tub.

Deputies Malone and Medlen removed the man from the tub and carried him outside to EMS personnel. Pafford EMS transported Wesson to Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas, where he was listed in stable condition, but still unresponsive, according to Sheriff Singleton.

Fulton Volunteer Fire Department Chief James Lamb thanked the members of the Fulton VFD, Guernsey VFD, Crossroads VFD, Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office, And Pafford EMS for helping to put out the house fire. “Great job everyone!”