CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. – Fire crews were dispatched to a house fire on the 400-block of East North Street in Charles Town just before 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.
They arrived less than 10 minutes later, which may have prevented the blaze from becoming deadly.
Officials said that two people escaped the home before they arrived, but one woman was still trapped inside.
They battled heavy flames, but eventually located her.
“The room that the victim was found in was engulfed in fire when we first got here,” said 1st Lt. John Considine of the Citizens Fire Company. “It took us about five or 10 minutes to get the flames down enough to conduct a primary search.”
She was rescued and taken to Jefferson Medical Center, before being flown to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore for treatment. She was listed in critical, but stable condition.
Two firefighters were also hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. They were treated and discharged from the hospital before 7 p.m.
Jefferson County fire units, with assistance from crews in Berkeley County and Loudoun County, brought the blaze under control by 3 p.m.
The West Virginia State Fire Marshal and the Charles Town Police Department are investigating.