Moultrie Observer

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January 3, 2013

Woman injured in house fire

MOULTRIE — A Moultrie woman was airlifted to an Augusta burn center early Thursday morning with serious injuries suffered in a blaze at her residence.

Firefighters were dispatched shortly after 5 a.m. to the residence of Mary Bryant, 111-1/2 11th St. S.W., which Moultrie police reported was fully engulfed before the fire department arrived.

Bryant, 44, apparently was alone in the residence that did not have electric power when the fire broke out in the upstairs area where she was at the time.

After knocking down the flames, firefighters were able to locate Bryant using thermal imaging equipment and she was taken to an ambulance outside.

Bryant, who was in critical condition when she left Moultrie, was flown to the Augusta Burn Center at about 8:30 a.m., Fire Chief Kenneth Hannon said. No report was available on Bryant’s condition Thursday evening.

The state fire marshal’s office initially indicated that smoking in bed may have caused the blaze at the house owned by Bobby Price, but more investigation is under way.

Usually in homes without power residents use candles for lighting, Hannon said,  but it was not known if candles were burning at the time the fire broke out. There also was a portable butane gas heater inside but it was not in the area of the fire.

“There are some questions we have that we need to get answers to,” he said. “We haven’t determined what caused it.”

The fire came 12 days after the body of Amanda Martinez, 36, was found in her burning home on Fourth Street Southwest. Coroner Verlyn Brock said at the time she appeared to have died from smoke inhalation.

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