Pasadena fire captain off-duty saves woman and dog from a burning house on the way to Rams game

Pasadena’s fire captain, who was not on duty, was driving to Sunday’s Rams versus 49ers match when he noticed smoke coming from a house and immediately jumped in to help.

Cpt. William Basulto said that he had always dreamed about taking his father and son to a Rams match. So they got dressed up in Rams-themed attire and set off for Sofi Stadium.

But while enroute, Basulto’s dad noticed heavy smoke coming from a home a few doors down on the 3800 block of Dozier Street in East Los Angeles.

The fire captain pulled over and quickly ran to the house, where he was told a woman in her 50’s was trapped on an upper floor that was quickly filling with smoke.

Basulto advised neighbors to use a ladder to call 911 and then he gave them instructions on how to direct their gardenhoses. 

He was able, as firemen arrived on-scene, to rescue the dog and the woman from the second story.

Basulto provided an update to the firefighters and helped them set up their hoses for extinguishing the fire.

“Los Angeles County Fire personnel on-scene praised him for saving the victims life in a home that had significant pack-rat conditions,”A spokesperson for Pasadena said this in a news release.

Blanca, 56, was injured by smoke inhalation. She is currently in hospital. The house is now completely destroyed and two of her three dogs perished in the fire.

A GoFundMeSamantha Gonzalez’s daughter set it up to rebuild their home.

“Thank you so so much for saving my mom,”Samantha stated to Cpt. Basulto. “I don’t know what I would have done. She’s me entire world.”

Basulto then returned home to clean up his Rams shoes, particularly the blue and yellow ones, and headed back to the game.

“Fire rescues, medical responses and leading a crew are what he’s been doing for 20 years so he’s very modest about the recognition,”According to the news release. “But seeing the RAMS win alongside his dad and son is something he’ll never forget.”


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