Lubbock Firefighters Save A Life - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/8/08

Lubbock Firefighters Save A Life

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Lubbock firefighters did more than put the fire out; they saved a life inside the burning building Thursday afternoon. And when asked how the firefighters felt about saving a life, they say it's just part of the job.

The fire broke out just before 1p.m. at a home on the 5700 block of 38th Street. Fire investigators tell NewsChannel 11 that 74-year-old Annick Lamontagne was inside when they arrived on the scene.

Neighbors say they saw her walking her dog when she quickly turned and ran back into her apartment. Not long after, fire crews showed up and pulled Lamontagne from her home.  

Lamontagne was rushed to University Medical Center. At this hour, Lamontagne is in critical condition suffering from second and third degree burns, and many are to her face. Though she is also suffering burns to her insides from inhaling extremely hot air and smoke from the fire.

The firefighters who saved Lamontagne's life say it's all in a day's work.

"It was dark and smoky and we found her and just pulled her out," said firefighter Randy Lammons.

"At the time there's not really a whole lot of emotion because you're just doing your job at the time, I mean you found the person. You know you need to get them out of the structure and to medical attention as soon as possible," added Lt. Nick Wilson.

Again we're told Lamontagne remains in critical condition at UMC at this hour.

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