Elderly woman in critical condition after fire



ATLANTA - Fire crews rescued an 86-year-old woman from her burning home Tuesday afternoon.

Flames broke out at the home on Windemere Drive in Atlanta around 2 p.m. Officials said a firefighter spotted the blaze and crews quickly responded to the home, which is near the fire station off Monroe Drive.

Police say two women were inside the home at the time of the fire. One managed to get out of the home, but the second, who police say is 86 years old, was trapped inside.

Firefighters rushed into the home, which was filled with smoke. The crews said they couldn’t see anything, but were able to find her by feeling around the home. The Atlanta Fire Department said firefighter Matt LeFever is credited with rescuing the woman.

She was taken to the hospital in critical condition with burns to her arms and smoke inhalation.

Two dogs inside the home at the time of the fire died.

Firefighters put out the flames but are still investigating how the fire started.

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