Woman pulled from window of burning house in Fort Lauderdale
2 taken to hospital for smoke inhalation; 3 adults, 3 children displaced
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A woman was rescued for a house fire early Tuesday morning in Fort Lauderdale.
Fort Lauderdale firefighters were called to 720 NW 14th Terrace shortly before 8:30 a.m.
Sky 10 was over the scene as firefighters worked to extinguish the flames.
Fort Lauderdale fire spokesman Greg May said a woman was trapped in the back of the house during the fire and was pulled out of a back window.
"I was in my room sleeping and I heard a big boom. I opened my door and saw flames and smoke," Precious Corn said. "It was terrifying. All I could ask God is to get me through it."
Corn, 29, said she called 911 for help.
"The police officer on the phone told me to kneel down on the floor, and I had something covering up my face for the smoke," she said.
A police officer and fire battalion chief were the first at the scene. The pair raced in to help her.
"(We) couldn't see anything -- heavy smoke, (you) couldn't see your hand in front of your face," Battalion Chief Michael Salzano said. "At that point, you rely on your senses to do a search with your hands."
After searching for several minutes, they heard neighbors were able to break the windows and pull Corn to safety.
Corn, along with a Fort Lauderdale police officer, were taken to Broward Health to be treated for smoke inhalation.
May said three adults and three children were displaced.
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