MADISONVILLE, Ky. (WEHT) — An 87-year-old woman is fighting for her life following an overnight house fire in Madisonville.
Several police officers are being given credit for running into the burning house on Holiday Place.
When police arrived, they found the woman just inside the door of the home. The woman was unconscious when the officers got her out, and that is when Officer Allan Stokes and a firefighter revived her.
“Within 45 seconds of when they moved her, the whole area where she was was completely engulfed in flames,” Major Andy Rush with the Madisonville Police Department said.
Body cam video from Madisonville Police shows the intense moment when that woman was pulled from the burning home.
The woman’s 57-year-old niece was also in the home, but she made it out on her own.
“It was a well-advanced fire, something we don’t see a whole lot here in the city. Most of our fires are caught before they get really big. This fire was, the whole house was completely engulfed,” Madisonville Fire Department Chief John Dunning said.
Tuesday was scheduled to be the last day the woman spent in her home. Neighbors say they talked to her Monday night as she was getting ready to move back to Indiana.
“Me and my husband stopped by to tell her we were moving on Saturday, and tell her bye, and she said she was planning on moving too, and she’d had some health problems recently. She was packing her things as well,” neighbor Susan Croffard said.
Rush says the incident is a testament to the dedication of the officers involved.
“It’s a complete sense of I’m here to help somebody that can’t help themselves. That’s why a lot of times we get into this profession,” Rush said.
The 87-year-old woman was flown to Vanderbilt and is listed in critical condition. The woman’s niece was also taken to the hospital; she has non-life threatening injuries.
(This story was originally published on May 12, 2020)