Woman rescued from house fire in critical condition

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A woman has been hospitalized after an early morning fire at a near-downtown home.

Crews from the Fort Wayne Fire Department were called at 9:34 a.m. Monday to a home at 1424 St. Marys Ave. on a report of a fire. There, crews found smoke billowing from several windows. Dispatchers also said an occupant was trapped inside.

Firefighters rushed inside the home and found a woman near the back door on the first floor of the two-story home. She was taken away in an ambulance in critical condition. The fire was in the first floor family room.

The owner of the home said the victim is in her 70s and has lived in the house for about three years.

A dog was also rescued from the house and was given oxygen at the scene. Firefighters said the dog should be okay.

The fire was contained within 11 minutes, according to a fire department report. The home was left with minor water damage, moderate fire damage and heavy smoke damage, the report said.

It’s not clear what caused the fire and the incident remains under the investigation.