Firefighters rescue elderly woman |

Firefighters rescue elderly woman

Christina Proctor

An elderly woman had to be rescued from her burning apartment Wednesday night. Firefighters said a neighbor attempted a rescue but was driven out by the smoke and flame.

Firefighters found Mary Ann Poscic unconscious on the floor in her bathroom. She was transported to Barton Memorial Hospital and then transferred to the burn center at U.C. Davis Hospital in Sacramento. Thursday evening she was listed in serious condition.

“One of the neighbors broke down the front door, which was locked, and attempted to rescue her,” said South Lake Tahoe Fire Capt. Steve Taylor. “She could only search the living room area. The smoke was too thick.”

Investigators said the fire started in the apartment’s kitchen around 8 p.m. The apartment is located of the 3700 block of Osgood Ave.

Taylor said the cause of the blaze is still unknown.

The fire gutted the kitchen and caused heat damage to much of the living room’s contents. Investigators estimated there was $55,000 worth of damage to the structure and $25,000 in content damage. A vacant apartment below Poscic’s sustained water damage.

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