Neighbor rescues elderly woman from fire at south Austin home


AUSTIN (KXAN) — An elderly woman is in the hospital after a neighbor rescued her from a fire in South Austin Saturday night.

The Austin Fire Department told KXAN a neighbor rescued the woman from the house fire just west of Manchaca Road. The woman’s dog did not make it.

Firefighters responded to the 4500 block of Richmond Avenue, which is south of U.S. Highway 290, just before 9 p.m.

Austin-Travis County EMS took her to Dell Seton Medical Center with serious, potentially life-threatening injuries.

AFD Division Chief Thayer Smith commended the neighbor, telling KXAN: “Great work by the bystander tonight — to jump in and save a life. So certainly our thoughts are with them and the great job they did tonight for us getting here first and being able to pull her out.”

The cause of the fire is unknown but is being investigated.

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