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Fire leaves Johnson City woman fighting for her life

By Callan Gray, cgray@wcyb.com
News 5 Staff, news@wcyb.com
Published On: Dec 25 2013 11:12:36 AM CST
Updated On: Dec 25 2013 08:15:08 PM CST
Johnson City Fire
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

A woman is fighting for her life after being trapped in a house fire on Rambling Rd. on Wednesday morning, according to the Johnson City Fire Department.

Neighbor John Conley told us the sound of fire trucks woke him up around 7:45 a.m. "Your heart just drops," he said. "You know something's happened and you really feel for the people that it's happening to."

Conley told us he looked out the window and saw his neighbor's house on fire. "The smoke was so thick that even from the street up, you could not see the house," Conley said. "I couldn't see the firemen, fire engines or anything."

Firefighters said the fire started in the bedroom and spread to the main hallway, trapping a woman inside the home. The woman crawled from the bedroom to the bathroom and shut the door.

We're told crews had to break the windows to let smoke out of the house before they could go in and rescue her.

Firefighters found her in the bathroom and took her out of the house through the front door. "When they came out, one person was on a stretcher," said Conley.

The woman was rushed to Johnson City Medical Center, then taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Fire crews told us the home has major smoke damage throughout, as well as extensive fire damage in the hallway and bedroom areas.

Crews told News 5 the cause of the fire remains under investigation. The fire marshal is expected to return to the scene on Thursday to take a closer look at what may have started the fire.