Neighbors rescue injured 90-year-old woman house fire in Ohio

Fannie Ezell was taken to OSU’s Wexner Medical Center with burns and smoke inhalation injuries. She was taken in critical condition. (WCMH Photo)
Fannie Ezell was taken to OSU’s Wexner Medical Center with burns and smoke inhalation injuries. She was taken in critical condition. (WCMH Photo)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Firefighters and family members confirmed a 90-year-old woman was rescued from a Bryden Road house fire on Sunday.

The fire was reported at 11:30 a.m. at a home on the 1800 block of Bryden Road in the Franklin Park neighborhood of Columbus, according to firefighters.

“Luckily, the neighbors had already pulled a victim from the front of the building,” said Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Tracy Smith.

That victim, Fannie Ezell, was taken to OSU’s Wexner Medical Center with burns and smoke inhalation injuries. She was taken in critical condition.

Ezell’s family returned to her home, late Sunday afternoon, upon hearing at least one man ran into the house to save her.

“We thank God for him,” said Joe Thrower, Ezell’s son-in-law. “We thank Him for being obedient and having a compassionate heart to go in and do what he could to rescue anybody that was in that house. He didn’t know who was living there. He just knew somebody had to be in trouble.”

According to Smith, the fire does not appear to be suspicious, however the cause remains under investigation.

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