Elderly Woman Injured In Southeast Memphis House Fire

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - An elderly woman is at the burn center at Regional One, after being pulled from a house fire in southeast Memphis.

It happened Tuesday morning on Rochester Road, just off West Mitchell Road.

The 83-year-old woman was rescued from the home. She was taken to Regional One in critical condition.

Below is the release from the Memphis Fire Department.

MEMPHIS, TN - The Memphis Fire Department responded to a house fire at 3503 Rochester Road, Tuesday, February 7, 2017 5:34 a.m. Upon arrival on the scene, firefighters reported smoke visible from the one story wood-frame residential structure. Rescue and Firefighting operations began immediately. Seventeen (17) pieces of Fire/Rescue/EMS equipment and approximately thirty-four (34) emergency response personnel ultimately responded to the call.

Battalion Chief K. Newton was the commanding officer of this incident. The fire was bought under control at 5:46 a.m.

During interior search procedures, an eighty-two (82) year old female was found unresponsive in the bathroom area; she was transported in critical condition to Regional One Burn Unit with smoke inhalation and 2nd degree burns to her arms and legs. There were no firefighter injuries.

It has been determined that the residence did have a working smoke alarm. The structure

sustained smoke, fire and water damage. Total damage is estimated at $5,000 structure and $2,500 contents. The origin and cause of the fire was determined to be electrical; a ceiling fan malfunctioned in the living room. Red Cross assistance was not requested.

The Memphis Fire Department urges all citizens to maintain a working smoke alarm in their place of residence. Check smoke alarms once a month and change the battery when you change your clocks. City of Memphis residents may apply for a free smoke alarm by contacting the Fire Museum of Memphis at (901) 636-5650 or by on-line HERE. Always have a plan of escape in case there is a fire. Also remember that 9-1-1 is for emergencies only. For all other FIRE/EMS NON-EMERGENCY issues please dial (901) 458-8281.


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