Posted: Tuesday, December 31st 2013 at 3:16pm
Victim critical following apartment fire
By Derreck Booth Editor
CUMMING - A 41-year-old woman was in critical but stable condition Tuesday after being rescued from an apartment fire in Forsyth County late Monday afternoon.
Forsyth County Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers said the apartment was above a barn on Ascot Drive in the northwest part of the county. He said the woman was trapped.
"The firefighters did make a very rapid recovery of her, got her outside to safety as quickly as possible, and the fire was brought under control within a matter of minutes after arrival," Shivers said.
The woman was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta for treatment of burns and smoke inhalation.
Shivers said the woman's small dog was also rescued and given oxygen at the scene. He said the dog is recovering at veterinarian hospital.
According to Shivers, the victim rented the apartment above a horse barn from the family in an adjacent house. A man in the house made the 911 call after seeing smoke coming from the apartment, according to Shivers.
Fire investigators are looking for the cause of the blaze.
"Something we always stress, that working smoke detectors on every level of a home is of a critical importance to getting you out early in the event of fire. Unfortunately in this case there was a smoke detector present , but it did not have a battery in it," Shivers said.
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