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2 Packey Webb Ford salesmen help save 6 in house fire near store

November 18, 2010

Two salesmen who saw heavy, dark smoke emanating from a house across from their Wheaton dealership ran to the house in time to help rescue one adult and five children.


The actions of Packey Webb Ford employees Steve Castillo and Eric Bassett "made the difference between the occupants escaping and tragic results," said Wheaton Fire Department Battalion Chief William Schultz.


Castillo had firefighter training, so when the pair arrived at the house at 1907 E. Roosevelt Rd. about 2:30 p.m. May 6 and no one answered, they broke in. Another employee called 911.


Inside, the smoke was thick and black. The residents were crawling on the floor, trying to escape, but couldn’t find the door. It took several trips to locate all the family members and evacuate them.


Paramedics treated and released everyone involved at the scene, according to fire department records.


An unattended candle in the basement was the fire’s apparent cause. Schultz said the incident should be a reminder to have functioning smoke detectors.