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Published March 29, 2012, 06:09 PM

Firefighters pull Moorhead woman from burning home

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - A Moorhead woman is in intensive care at this hour after firefighters saved her from her burning home. Eighty-six year-old Elaine Carlson is being treated at Sanford hospital.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

A Moorhead woman is in intensive care at this hour after firefighters saved her from her burning home. Eighty-six year-old Elaine Carlson is being treated at Sanford hospital.

The fire broke out at this home at 1207 10th Street North, around 1:45 this afternoon. Crews quickly arrived, blocking off the street. They actually started fighting flames before finding the victim.

Only our cameras captured that dramatic rescue. As you see, three firefighters quickly pull the homeowner, from the main floor and put her on the ground. Elaine Carlson was unconscious, but breathing.

From there, emergency crews put her on a stretcher, then take her to a nearby ambulance to give her oxygen. The ambulance then waits awhile before taking her to Sanford. Firefighters stumbled upon Carlson, not knowing anyone was even in the house, all while battling the blaze on the backside of the rambler style home.

Greg Doeden – Moorhead Assistant Fire Chief: “Fire was on the first floor. First crew in made a good entry on it, got it knocked right away. Heavy smoke conditions. Smoke was all the way down to the floor. She happened to be laying right in the living room so engine two did a great job finding her and getting her out.”

There is extensive damage to the first floor, and smoke damage to the basement. The cause isn't known, but it appears the fire started in the middle of the back of the house.

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