Woman rescued from early morning house fire taken to Nashville burn unit

Woman rescued from early morning house fire taken to Nashville burn unit

September 20th, 2017 by Staff Report in Breaking News

Firefighters work at the scene of a fire on the 100 block of Centro Ave. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.

Photo by Sgt. Kyle Moses, Chattanooga Police Department

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A woman was rescued from a house fire in the 100 block of Centro Avenue in Lookout Valley early Wednesday morning.

The woman was found on the floor, breathing but unresponsive in the smoke-filled house, according to a news release from the Chattanooga Fire Department. She was taken to a local hospital by ambulance but was later transported to the burn unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where she remains in critical condition.

The 911 call came at around 3 a.m., according to the news release from CFD spokesman Bruce Garner. Smoke and flames could be seen coming from the roof of the one-story house.

Two men who escaped the fire were in the front yard. They told firefighters a woman was trapped in a back bedroom.

Firefighters quickly entered through the front door and crawled with a hand-held firehose through the house. They came upon a dog and handed it back to other firefighters, then found another dog in the back bedroom where they also found the woman.

The two pet dogs did not survive.

The two men who made it out were also taken to the hospital. Capt. David Thompson with the CFD said they may have suffered from some smoke inhalation, but their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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This story was updated Sept. 20 at 11:45 p.m.


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