Woman critically injured in Durham apartment fire

Apr. 27, 2013 @ 02:56 PM

Firefighters pulled a woman from a raging apartment fire on Morreene Road on Friday evening.

The woman, whose name wasn’t available, was first taken to Duke Medical Center but then transferred to the burn center at UNC in Chapel Hill.

She suffered from smoke inhalation and first- and second-degree burns on 35 percent of her body, said Durham Fire Chief Dan Curia. She was in critical condition, he said.

The call came in at about 5:51 p.m. from someone in Apt. 6 at 936 Morreene Road. She had closed herself in the bathroom and shoved wet towels under the door while calling 911.

While firefighters were en route, 911 lost contact with the woman, said Capt. Stephen Whitt.

Noted Chief Willie Hall: “There was a significant amount of fire showing as the first unit arrived.”

Firefighters used a ladder to get into the apartment because the front deck had burned. While some firefighters battled the blaze, others found the woman unresponsive on the floor. They removed her so that paramedics could take care of her, Whitt said.

Hall said the fire also injured two firefighters. One got debris in his eye, while the other suffered a twisted knee.

The fire, which remained under investigation on Saturday, damaged three apartments and at least one vehicle that had been parked outside of Apt. 5.

Red Cross workers responded to help residents dislocated by the blaze.