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.
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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.