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Woman rescued from burning barn

Firefighters found her in upstairs apartment

POSTED: December 30, 2013 7:36 p.m.
Jim Dean/

An air ambulance lands on Ascot Drive after the barn fire Monday night.

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A 41-year-old woman was flown to an Atlanta hospital Monday night after being rescued from a burning apartment above a barn in northwestern Forsyth County.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was taken to the burn center at Grady Memorial Hospital.

As of Tuesday afternoon, she remained in critical but stable condition, said Forsyth County Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers.

“She has not worsened, nor improved,” he said, adding that her name is being withheld pending notification of all local family members.

Shivers initially described the woman’s condition Monday night as serious, stating she appeared to have suffered burns and smoke inhalation in the blaze.

Firefighters arrived at 5:23 p.m. to find the fire in the barn, located next to a home on Ascot Drive, spreading through the upstairs apartment, he said.

They quickly located the woman and got her on an air ambulance for the flight to the hospital.

Firefighters also rescued a small dog, which required oxygen and medical attention before it was taken away for treatment at Orr Animal Hospital.

Shivers said the dog was still on oxygen Tuesday due to smoke inhalation, but is expected to recover.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, which remains under investigation.

Shivers said the apartment, which the woman was renting, did not have working smoke detectors. 

A Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputy happened to be the first person on scene, since he was in the area at the time of the call, spokesman Doug Rainwater said.

Rainwater said the deputy tried to help the woman, but the fire was too big.

“The floor of the barn was completely engulfed in flames, so he couldn’t even enter the barn,” he said. “He could hear her upstairs in the loft, but she couldn’t get down because of the flames.”

When firefighters arrived, the deputy was able to tell them where to find the woman.

In an unrelated incident at about the same time, a vehicle fire in south Forsyth shut down a section of Peachtree Parkway while the flames were extinguished.

Firefighters responded about 5:35 p.m. and found flames in the engine compartment of a car, Shivers said.

No one was injured in the fire. Traffic was rerouted at the nearby intersection with Brookwood Road and Mathis Airport Parkway.

 

Online editor Jim Dean contributed to this report

 

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