Elderly woman burned in east side fire

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – An elderly woman is in the hospital recovering from burn injures after her house caught fire at 2954 Karl St. on the city’s east side.

“I heard my mother-in-law screaming and I was like ‘what?’ She said it’s a fire and then we just ran over,” Lian Prisby said.

She and her mother-in-law ran to the house across the street to save the woman inside. Prisby said the rescue had to be quick.

“We were knocking on the door. We didn’t hear nobody. We didn’t know if anybody was home. Then she finally opened the front door and we had enough time to grab her,” Prisby said.

Two women lived inside the house, but Joan Fuller was the only person home when the fire started around 3 p.m. Her family said she was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

Fire officials said Fuller suffered second-degree burns. They said the fire started in a second-floor bedroom and it appears to be electrical in nature.

“The massive amount of fire was in the bedroom. Looks like it may have started on the bed or with some wires that went underneath the bed or around the bed. Looks like it is electrical,” Youngstown Fire Battalion Chief Ron Russo said.

Concerned neighbors and family stopped by as word of the fire spread.

“I was just horrified,” neighbor Cathy Lewis said.

She lives next door to Fuller and said she left the area about an hour earlier.

“I didn’t see anything when I left,” Lewis said. “It is kind of heart-breaking to see, but I know we will pull together as a community to help them out.”

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