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New London firefighters rescue man, dog from burning house

8:19 PM, Jan. 8, 2013  |  Comments
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Emergency crews rescued a 41-year-old man and a dog trapped inside a burning house Tuesday afternoon at 509 W. Waupaca St.

When New London Fire Department crews arrived at the residence, they found John Janke hanging onto the outside of his home from a second story window, according to a department press release. He called 911 around 1:45 p.m. to report his house was on fire and he was trapped on the second floor.

Firefighters rescued Janke using a ladder. A dog inside a kennel was also rescued from the home.

Janke was taken to the New London Family Medical Center and treated for smoke inhalation as well as second and third degree burns.

The fire was inside an upstairs bedroom, according to the release. It appears to have started in a wall near a light switch.

The home was extensively damaged. The Red Cross is assisting Janke, his wife and three children.

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