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Community helps fire fighters save woman in Bonne Terre, MO fire

(Source: Renee Bronaugh, Daily Journal) (Source: Renee Bronaugh, Daily Journal)
(Source: Renee Bronaugh, Daily Journal) (Source: Renee Bronaugh, Daily Journal)
(Source: Renee Bronaugh, Daily Journal) (Source: Renee Bronaugh, Daily Journal)
(Source: Renee Bronaugh, Daily Journal) (Source: Renee Bronaugh, Daily Journal)
BONNE TERRE, MO (KFVS) -

Big River Fire Protection Chief Dave Pratte was about a mile away when he received a call stating there was a person trapped in a house on fire Tuesday afternoon. 

Pratte went straight to the home on fire located on West School Street in Bonne Terre. 

As he arrived he heard people outside the home screaming for help. 

"They said 'she's still in there!'" Pratte said.

Pratte said the home had heavy fire and smoke coming from the house. 

Firefighters from the Bonne Terre Fire Department and the Big River Protection were on scene fighting the fire along with Pratte who was one of the first ones there. 

Pratte said he immediately called in a second alarm for extra manpower due to the heat. 

Pratte knew the woman was inside a front bedroom fighting for her life. He pulled a hose into the bedroom and watered down the room to keep it cool, he said. 

"She came off the bed and went down to the floor and covered herself with a blanket," Pratte said. 

Water doused the blanket on top of her which helped keep her cool according to Pratte. 

At first, there wasn't much manpower on scene as crews were still arriving. So the community stepped in to help out. 

"Police and civilians were helping pull hoses," Pratte said. "It was an extraordinary moment to see the community help out."

Bonne Terre fire fighters Kyle Isgrig and Jesse Johnson, along with Desloge fire fighter Vernon Henson were able to get the woman out of the house and to safety.

She was lying halfway under her bed when fire fighters went inside the home to retrieve her. 

Pratte believes cooling off the room initially helped save the woman's life. 

She was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital with smoke inhalation and injuries to her lungs and throat and is in critical condition. 

The woman wasn't the only person that lived at the home. Her disabled husband was in his wheelchair down the street while her son was out walking a dog, according to Pratte.

Pratte said the son saw the house on fire and then called 911.

The home is a total loss and two dogs perished in the fire, according to Pratte. 

The fire marshal is investigating the fire. 

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