Woman in her 70s suffers severe burns after Phoenix home catches fire

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An elderly woman suffered severe burns after firefighters pulled her out of Phoenix house fire early Thursday morning. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) An elderly woman suffered severe burns after firefighters pulled her out of Phoenix house fire early Thursday morning. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Crews arrived on scene to a working fire with several family members already outside of the home screaming that their grandmother was still inside. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Crews arrived on scene to a working fire with several family members already outside of the home screaming that their grandmother was still inside. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A woman in her 70s suffered severe burns after firefighters pulled her out of Phoenix house fire early Thursday morning.

Phoenix fire Capt. Rob McDade said crews were dispatched to the house fire near Pierce Street and 21st Place around 5 a.m.

Crews arrived on scene to a working fire with several family members already outside of the home screaming that their grandmother was still inside.

Firefighters immediately began a search and rescue and found the woman inside, still in her wheelchair with her room on fire.

Once firefighters got her out of the house, they transported her to Maricopa Medical Burn Unit in critical condition.

The patient suffered 70 percent second- and third-degree burns as a result of the fire, McDade said.

Over 20 firefighters were able to get control of the fire and keep it from spreading to the other rooms.

McDade said the home did not have working smoke detectors installed.

The other family members were able to escape the fire safely.

Fire investigators are on scene to determine the cause of the fire but family members did mention they smoke cigarettes and/or cigars.

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