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Sacramento Fire releases video showing rescue of woman seconds before flames erupt

Video shows 94-year-old Sacramento woman rescued from fire in nick of time

Sacramento firefighters got a 94-year-old woman out of her home "in the nick of time," early Sunday, February 25, 2018, a department spokesman said.
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Sacramento firefighters got a 94-year-old woman out of her home "in the nick of time," early Sunday, February 25, 2018, a department spokesman said.

Sacramento Fire Department released more video from an early Sunday morning blaze that shows just how close of a call the rescue of a 94-year-old woman was when she was brought out from her home "in the nick of time."

Seconds after firefighters carry her out of the front door, flames consume the entrance to the house.

The home was on fire when the Engine 6 crew arrived in the 4400 block of 8th Avenue around 1 a.m. Sunday morning. While one firefighter was fighting the fire outside, the captain and a second firefighter searched the house, said spokesman Chris Harvey.

They found the elderly woman in a back bedroom and an adult male attempting to rescue her.

"It was actually a very timely rescue," Harvey said. The captain told Harvey that about 30 seconds after they got the woman out the front door, the whole house went up in flames.

"It would not have been a survivable situation," Harvey said. The 94-year-old was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The man attempting rescue went to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Harvey said.

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