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Forsyth County: Woman rescued from barn fire

POSTED: January 1, 2014 12:18 a.m.

A 41-year-old woman was flown to an Atlanta hospital Monday night after being rescued from a burning apartment above a barn in northwestern Forsyth County.

The woman was taken to the burn center at Grady Memorial Hospital. She remained in critical but stable condition Tuesday, Forsyth County Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers said.

“She has not worsened, nor improved,” he said. Her name was withheld pending notification of all local family members.

Shivers initially described the woman’s condition Monday night as serious, stating she appeared to have suffered burns and smoke inhalation in the blaze.

Firefighters arrived at 5:23 p.m. to find the fire in the barn, located next to a home on Ascot Drive, spreading through the upstairs apartment, he said.

They quickly located the woman and got her on an air ambulance for the flight to the hospital.

Firefighters also rescued a small dog, which required oxygen and medical attention before it was taken away for treatment at Orr Animal Hospital. Shivers said the dog was still on oxygen Tuesday due to smoke inhalation, but is expected to recover.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, which remains under investigation.


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