Woman injured in Ballantyne-area house fire

03/05/2014 9:17 AM

03/05/2014 6:37 PM

A woman was rushed to the hospital suffering from apparent smoke inhalation Wednesday morning after fire damaged her Ballantyne-area house, authorities said.

Two of the woman’s three dogs died in the blaze, officials said.

The fire was reported shortly after 8:30 a.m. at a single-story home in the 8700 block of Tamarron Drive. That is in the Landing Meadows subdivision, off Community House Road in southeast Charlotte.

Firefighters found flames and smoke coming from the home when they arrived. Charlotte fire Capt. Mark Basnight said it appeared as if the woman had tried to escape the blaze.

“She was found close to the front door, and she was apparently trying to get out,” Basnight said.

Authorities said the woman, whose name has not been released, was unconscious when she was discovered by firefighters. A woman who lives nearby said she tried getting into the house to rescue the woman but was driven back by the flames.

Neighbors said medics spent about 15 minutes trying to resuscitate the victim. She was taken by Medic to Carolinas Medical Center, but there was no immediate word on her condition.

Authorities said one of the woman’s dogs survived the blaze.

Basnight said investigators will spend the day working to determine the cause of the blaze.

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