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Accident rescue, house fire make for potential tragedies


Last updated 3/20/2008 at Noon

A treacherous car fire and a fire that started in a residential garage are two notable incidences that North County Fire has handled in the past two weeks.

On March 3 at 5:45 pm, 53-year-old Fallbrook resident Jeff Smith was trapped in his burning truck. Firefighters had to extricate him with the Jaws of Life.

“It took our firefighters 10 to 15 minutes to extricate the driver while the vehicle was on fire,” said John Buchanan, public information officer for the North County Fire Protection District.

During the extrication, a firefighter gave his own oxygen mask to Smith for breathing...

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