Disabled woman treated after rescue from burning home
Two firefighters in St. John's are being credited with saving a disabled woman in an early morning fire.
Supt. Don Byrne said smoke was pouring out of the Hamilton Avenue house when the first truck arrived on the scene around 1 a.m.
The woman's husband was outside, and told the crew that his wife was still inside the home.
Byrne said two of the firefighters acted quickly before they had a chance to put on their breathing equipment.
"Through the door, they could just see her feet. The smoke was fairly dense there," he told CBC News Thursday.
"They chose to make a quick entry and see if they could get her, which they did. She was actually in a wheelchair. They had to remove her from the wheelchair to exit the building."
Byrne said the woman was taken to hospital to be treated for burns to her legs and for smoke inhalation.
Her husband and the two firefighters were also checked out after breathing in smoke.
Most of the fire damage was contained to one room, but there was smoke damage throughout the house.