A Chattanooga woman remains in critical condition at a Georgia burn center after being rescued from a house fire early Wednesday morning.
Responding to a 5:29 a.m. call at a home on Rubio Street, the Chattanooga Fire Department arrived to find smoke and flames coming from a bedroom window, Battalion Chief Lesley Morgan said.
When neighbors told firefighters that a woman, her son and two grandchildren might still be inside the home, Morgan called for additional help.
Firefighter Engineer Andrew Thomas and Firefighter David Ruffin began searching the home and, a short time later, they found the 44-year-old woman in a corner of the living room, on the floor and unconscious, according to a news release from the fire department. She was carried from the home and treated by firefighters and paramedics with Hamilton County EMS.
Other firefighters continued to search the house for the children, but later learned the children were staying with their mother elsewhere. The victim's son also was away at the time.
The woman, who has not been identified pending notification of family, was initially transported to Erlanger hospital in critical condition. She then was flown by air ambulance to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Ga., where she was being treated Wednesday evening.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.