SIKESTON, Mo. (KFVS) - An elderly woman and her grandson were rushed to a hospital after being rescued from their home after a fire broke out in Sikeston last night on Illinois Street.
Sikeston DPS rescued both a 73-year-old woman and her 24-year-old grandson from the burning home.
Sikeston police were first on the scene. Upon entry in the home, they saw the man's feet in the doorway and pulled him out.
Firefighters then came in after that and found the woman in the living room sitting in a chair. They then pulled her out as quickly as possible.
Police say seconds mattered and if the two victims were in there for another minute, they may not have survived.
"Just due to the smoke inhalation the victims are taking, then the extreme heat they are receiving on their body and breathing in that's damaging the lungs, Sikeston DPS Lt. Derick Wheetley said."
"It was very vital getting her out as soon as possible," Sikeston DPS Andrew Skinner said. "We moved with urgency and carried her out into the front as quick as we could."
Skinner said it's situations like these that they train for and feels the training was vital in rescuing the two stuck inside the home.
"We train for worst case scenario," Skinner said. "And this is the worst case scenario for us. It's not very often you run into a situation like this but when we were confronted with this situation, I think all crews worked very well together, stuck to their training and did very well."
Police say both the man and the grandmother were taken to a hospital in St. Louis. They report that they both are in critical condition and are stable.
The fire is still being investigated.