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Neighbors Rescue Elderly Woman from House Fire, Three Dogs Perish

BROOKSVILLE – Thanks to selfless actions of a few residents who live on Wildwood Drive, an elderly woman survived a devastating house fire. But joy turned to sadness after it was discovered that the woman’s three dogs perished in the blaze.

According to officials, fire rescue responded to 19945 Wildwood Drive yesterday afternoon, where they discovered fire and smoke billowing from the residence. Rescue Personnel soon learned that neighbors rescued an elderly woman from the home, despite her struggles to stay and search for her dogs. Neighbors tried to reenter the home once the woman was safe but the fire and smoke were too intense. Sadly, once firefighters brought the blaze under control they discovered the woman’s dogs deceased inside the home.

The victim was treated at the scene for smoke related symptoms but she refused to be transported to a local hospital.

Fire Officials said in a statement, “due to these neighbors heroic efforts the life of their neighbor was surly saved.”

State arson investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.

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  • His name is Adam Batten. That was very heroic what he did to save that lady’s life and he tried very hard to save those dogs. A BIG thank you to all involved. God bless.

    Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 3:04 pm
  • Thank God there are still a few good people left in this world. To the neighbors that risked your own lives GOD BLESS YOU. wish you were my neighbors lol mine are mean. But all joke’s aside THANK YOU.

    Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 8:12 am
  • Both the guys worked at the dump for a while, the two guys Adam, and Andy francis. Not sure of Adams last name. The guys both took off running to the house soon as they realized it was on fire, by the time I got outside they done had the lady trying to keep her from going back inside, and Adam was breaking a window out, trying to give the dogs a way out, he really tried everything to save em, but there wasn’t anything anyone could have done to save em. Thank God they got to the lady and kept her from trying, the speed that fire grew, anyone who went in, wouldn’t have made it.

    Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 1:19 am
  • That neighbor guy looks like the guy who works ( or did) the scrap yard in brooksville!

    Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 5:47 pm
  • Can I get a ” HELL YA!! ” For these neighbor people!! F’in AWESOME!!! To bad about the dogs though. I don’t know if ya’ all heard the story in Venice about the people who’s van crashed in the water & everyone but one guy watched & videoed it while they drowned.
    HORRIBLE!! To bad THIS HERO guy wasn’t there, I’m sure he would have helped! ( As anyone who’s human would!)

    Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 5:44 pm
  • Thanks everyone for helping this lady….

    Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 5:10 pm
  • this woman is my mother in law. i want to say thank you to all those that were there and able to help her. she will greatly miss her ‘babies’ but thankful for her own life.

    Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 12:24 pm
    • I love my dogs very sorry for your loss. BBQ

      Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 12:28 am

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