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Lincoln woman hospitalized from house fire

Posted: Updated: Jan 3, 2014 09:37 AM CST

By: Jenn Schanz
jschanz@klkntv.com 

An abandoned 911 call led a Lincoln police officer to find a woman trapped in thick, black smoke Thursday night near 73rd and Seward Ave. 

"There was smoke rolling out of the house. I could see it coming out of the back door and the front door," says neighbor Michael Martin. 

LPD got a call just after 8p.m.

When the line went dead, they sent an officer to investigate. Officials say when he got there, the home was filled with smoke, and a 61–year–old woman was inside yelling for help.

The officer maintained contact with her, and quickly called fire crews.

"Due to the density of the smoke, poor visibility and lack of breathing apparatus, the officer was unable to enter the home," says Officer Katie Flood of the Lincoln Police Department. 

"at first I thought maybe there was a gas leak from someone's house," says Martin. 

It was no gas leak.

Firefighters on the scene reported the fire was in a bucket in the basement. It's still not clear how far the flames spread.

Damage is around $30,000.

Officials say a homemade sprinkler system put out the flames. The woman was rescued by fire crews, and brought to the hospital.

Unfortunately, her dog didn't make it.

Martin is hoping she'll pull through.

"We said some prayer for her. The houses are so close around here it's like ya know, if there's a fire it could spread. And we're just thankful that they didn't get anymore damage than they got."

The woman is currently in critical condition, and fire officials continue to investigate the exact cause of the fire. 

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