Portland, Maine First Responders Rescue Suicidal Man in Burning Shed

(Portland Fire Department, Facebook)

A burst of flames after two hours of negotiations

FirefighterNation Staff

PORTLAND, Maine – The Sun Journal reported that Portland police officers, paramedics and firefighters rescued a man from a burning shed on Friday night.

First responders were called to 52 Parris St. after 7:00 p.m. for a report of a man armed with a knife who was experiencing a mental health crisis. The man was making threats against his own life and had made delusional statements.

A crisis negotiator was among the first to arrive and began trying to deescalate the situation. The man then barricaded himself inside a shed and began pouring gasoline around the door and inside the structure.

After nearly two and a half hours of negotiations, the man said he would come out of the shed.

Within seconds the shed burst into flames with the man inside. Firefighters doused the shed with water, and police officers broke out windows.

The man had climbed through one of the broken windows. Officers took him to Maine Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, and for his mental health crisis.

“The professionalism, restraint, compassion and coordinated response displayed by the officers and firefighters who responded to this incident resulted in a life being saved and nobody being seriously injured,” said Chief Frank Clark.

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