Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Woman burned severely during house fire

Updated: Thursday, 25 Nov 2010, 10:20 PM CST
Published : Thursday, 25 Nov 2010, 8:53 PM CST

AUSTIN (KXAN) - A Thanksgiving evening fire in central Austin sent two women to the hospital.

Austin Firefighters responded to a fire at a home at 4007 Avenue B at approximately 5:30 p.m.

The first firefighters on scene saw flames shooting from a second story bedroom.? Fire could still be seen several minutes later when a KXAN photojournalist arrived at the home.?

Firefighters rescued a 90-year-old woman from inside the home.? AFD says that two other people escaped from the house.

One person who escaped was a 62-year-old woman who suffered severe burns to her face and throat.? EMS transported her to the hospital.? Janelle Boone, a spokesperson for the Austin-Travis County EMS said that the woman is listed in critical condition.

The 90-year-old woman was transported to the hospital for evaluation. Her status is unknown.

The other individual who escaped is a man who refused treatment on the scene.

AFD Lieutenant Palmer Buck said the home was an older structure that had been renovated.? Buck said that the flames spread into hidden spaces, and that made it harder for firefighters to put the fire out.

Investigators say the fire started because combustible materials were placed too close to a wood stove.

Buck said the fire underscores the importance of having a working smoke detector in your home.

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