Gastonia firefighters rescue unconscious woman from burning home

Firefighters rescued an unconscious 85-year-old woman from her burning home on Tuesday.

Firefighters rescued the woman, identified as Lillian Maples, by bringing her out of a window of the single-story home in the 1300 block of Jay Avenue, and immediately administering life support.

Firefighters arrived at the home shortly before 3:30 p.m. Heavy smoke and flames were coming from the home, Gastonia Fire Inspector Chris Stowe said.

The woman was discovered after firefighters entered the home, Stowe said. Twenty-five firefighters extinguished the flames in about 20 minutes, he said.

Gaston Emergency Medical Services took the woman to Caromont Regional Medical Center. She was then taken by air ambulance to the Wake Forest Baptist Health Burn Center in Winston-Salem. She had life-threatening injuries, Stowe said.

Authorities said Maples was in critical condition late Wednesday afternoon.

The home sustained about $40,000 in damages and was a total loss, Stowe said. The Gastonia Fire Department Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire.