Atlanta firefighters save elderly woman from burning home

- Some local firefighters are being praised for their quick-thinking efforts to save an elderly woman. 

On June 11, members of the City of Atlanta Fire Rescue Department responded to a single-family home where a fire had started in the basement. Responding firefighters learned an elderly woman was trapped inside. 

Officials said upon arrival, one other person was suffering from smoke inhalation after escaping to the driveway. 

"As Engine 12 was putting hose lines in place and establishing a positive water supply, Truck 12 made the critical and life-saving decision to make entry and begin a primary search in near black-out smoke conditions," Atlanta Fire Rescue said on Facebook. 

The brave firefighters found the elderly woman motionless on the floor in a bedroom. She was rescued, then taken up to the street where paramedics treated her for smoke inhalation. Officials said she was breathing on her own and talking with firefighters before being taken to the hospital. 

"Minutes count in this industry," Atlanta Fire Rescue said. "The courage that is displayed by our members on a daily basis here at AFRD does not go unnoticed." 

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