UPDATE: Woman Recovering After Being Rescued from Burning Home

By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 5/27/13 @ 2:30 p.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman is recovering after she was rescued from her burning home this weekend.

Connie Carter's family tells WSAZ.com that Carter, 63, is still at the hospital with smoke inhalation injuries, but she is doing well.

Fire crews said they received a call about 3:30 p.m. Sunday to a home along Oak Street in Culloden. Before they could get to the scene, neighbors rushed in to help, using garden hoses to try and put out the flames.

“I was cutting grass when I heard a lady screaming, 'She's inside, she's inside,' so I came running up the street,” Scott Ross, a neighbor, said. “The people who were on the front porch couldn't get in the house, so I said, 'We've got to get in the house.’”

Ross and his neighbors jumped into action as soon as they realized something was wrong.

“We were just sitting on the back of the porch, and all of a sudden my brother smelt rubber burning and we knew nobody was burning fire, and all of a sudden we seen the smoke,” James D. Smith, another neighbor, said.

Smith said he has known Carter for years and was worried whether she was in the house because he had just spoken to her earlier that afternoon.

Brent Burger, deputy chief of the Culloden Volunteer Fire Department, said the neighbors had put most of the fire out by the time his crews arrived, but the smoke was still heavy.

“It's always nerve-racking when you think that there's someone inside and you haven't found them yet,” Burger said.

Ross and his neighbors tried to go inside and find the woman.

“Went in the house, couldn't find the lady in the living room, so I went around the house,” Ross said. “I heard the fire coming out the kitchen window, I kicked the back door open, put the fire out, ran through the house, I couldn't find her."

Firefighters rushed into the house to look for her after. When they found her unconscious, they brought her outside, where paramedics were able to revive her and take her to the hospital.

"We seen her moving,” Ross said. “I was happy for that, that she was alive. She was asking about her cat."

Ross said while he didn’t know Carter, he knew he had to get inside and find her.

“Ain't no big deal,” he said. “You help people when you can, you know."

Fire crews aren’t sure at this point what caused this fire. The West Virginia State Fire Marshal is investigating.

ORIGINAL STORY 5/26/13 @ 4:25 p.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An elderly woman who was found inside a burning home had to be taken to the hospital Sunday afternoon.

Cabell County dispatchers tell WSAZ.com about 3:30 p.m. they received calls from neighbors of smoke coming from a home along Oak Street in Culloden.

Neighbors say they didn't wait for the fire department, instead grabbing garden hoses and extinguishing the flames themselves.

Fire crews say an elderly woman was found unconscious inside the home. Paramedics were able to revive her.

The woman was taken to the hospital. She is expected to be okay.

The cause of the fire is still unknown. The West Virginia State Fire Marshal is investigating.

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