Two injured in Bridgeport blaze

— Bridgeport High School basketball coach Pat McFadden remains in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center today after rescuing an 8-year-old boy from a house fire Jan. 5.

McFadden was listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit of the Seattle hospital, spokeswoman Susan Gregg-Hanson said around 1 p.m. Tommy Martin is in satisfactory condition, she said.

The fire occurred the morning of Jan. 5 in the 400 block of Highway 173.

Firefighters and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office were called around 6:30 a.m. to the fire.

“When the deputy arrived, he saw the home was fully engulfed in flames,” said Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal.

One of the residents, Taralee Martin, told investigators she woke up to a rumbling sound in the house. She opened her bedroom door and found flames in the hallway.

She awoke McFadden, who ran into the bedroom of Martin’s 8-year-old son, Tommy, scooped up the child and fled through the flames down the hallway and outside.

Martin escaped out a window.

McFadden and the boy were taken to Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster for treatment of burns. Martin had singed hair but no apparent injuries, Gjesdal said.

“The community can be proud of this couple’s quick actions in the face of this life-threatening event,” Gjesdal said.

The deputy reported the home appeared to be a total loss.


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