Elko Firefighter Rescues Teen from Burning House

ELKO, Nev. (AP) - An Elko firefighter is recovering from smoke inhalation after rescuing a teen-age girl from a burning house at the Elko Indian Colony.

Elko City Fire Capt. Matt Griego and the 16-year-old girl he rescued were treated Wednesday at Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital.

Elko Fire Chief Alan Kightlinger says emergency crews found the house on fire when they were sent there on a medical call.

Griego crawled through a back door after a tribal officer alerted him the girl was inside. The victim was described as unconscious but breathing when the 42-year-old firefighter burst out through the screen door with her.

Kightlinger says Griego "broke a few rules" by entering the burning building without his breathing apparatus. But he says the 11-year veteran of the department "did his job by saving a life."

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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