The Carman Fire Department responded to a report of a small fire by the furnace. Units 137 and 139 responded within a minute and reported heavy smoke from the house with the homeowner trapped on the roof over the garage. Assistant Chief Sloan and department photographer Walcesky rescued the homeowner and turned him over to REMS, while Chief Jenks prepared the fire attack plan and located the nearest hydrant. First in crew found heavy smoke, heat and fire at the top of the basement stairs and were unable to proceed until ventilation had occurred. Interior crews found the basement stairs and the “B/C” interior floor very unstable. Numerous hand lines and attempts were made to control the fire from inside and out. When the fire was out, the county investigators began the task of origin and cause. The fire is believed to have started in the basement near the water heater. Mutual aid was provided by Rotterdam District #2 (two engines), Stanford Heights (a ladder truck), Fort Hunter (RIT team and manpower) and Plotterkill (rehab). Thanks to everyone who provided assistance to us. A great job was done by all.