Elkhart woman rescued from house fire by new neighbor, neighbor's friend near downtown Elkhart

N. Main Street is closed as crews work to extinguish the fire.

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 1:25 p.m. | Updated on April 30, 2014 at 3:38 p.m.

A woman was pulled from a burning building in downtown Elkhart Wednesday afternoon, April 30, after a neighbor and her friend learned there was someone inside.

The Elkhart Fire Department was called to 823 N. Main St., shortly after 1:15 p.m. The house is a multi-family building made up of apartments. 

Jim Gouker said that he was helping his friend, Darlene Macumber, move into a building across the street from the residence when they noticed smoke and flames coming from the top two windows.

Tenants of the burning house who were standing outside told Gouker and Macumber that a woman who had limited mobility was unable to get out of the building on her own.

Gouker and Macumber went inside the burning residence, located Connie Buck and pulled her to Macumber's porch.

Nobody was injured in the fire, Wes Johnson, battalion chief of the Elkhart City Fire Department, said. Nine units responded to the scene because they received reports that a person was trapped inside.

North Main Street between Crawford Street and Beardsley Avenue is closed due to the fire.

Reporters Lydia Sheaks and Sarah Duis contributed to this story.


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