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Woman rescued from burning home

Published 8:10pm Saturday, December 1, 2012

A woman, identified by a city spokeswoman as 69-year-old Mary Rodgers, was being treated at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for smoke inhalation and burns to her body on Saturday after being rescued from a burning home in the Burnett’s Mill subdivision earlier that morning.

A Suffolk firefighter was transported to Sentara Obici Hospital for treatment of minor burns to both of his ears, and the woman’s sister, 64-year-old Janet Boyle, the homeowner, was being treated there for smoke inhalation, according to Suffolk spokesperson Diana Klink.

When firefighters arrived at the scene at 9:06 a.m. Saturday, about six minutes after receiving a 911 call, they found the single-story home fully engulfed in flames, Klink stated in a press release. Neighbors were on the scene assisting the sister, who had crawled from the house.

Firefighters rescued an elderly woman from a fire at this Mallard Drive home on Saturday. The woman is being treated for smoke inhalation and burns to her body.

They found the other woman about 20 feet inside the home and rescued her from the blaze. She was transported by ambulance to Obici Hospital and then airlifted to Norfolk General, according to Klink.

Two dogs escaped the fire and were being cared for by neighbors. A cat was found dead inside the home.

Firefighters had the blaze under control at 9:27 a.m. More than half the home had been destroyed.

Firefighters and paramedics from Ladder 6, Engine 6, Medic 6A, Engine 4, Rescue 1, Battalion 1 and Engine 1 responded to the scene of the fire. Engine 2 and Medic 2A assisted at the landing zone for Nightingale Air Ambulance at Obici Hospital.

The fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the blaze.


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