S.C. Firefighter Talks About Difficulties Rescuing Woman

Anderson firefighters faced challenges over the weekend while attempting to rescue a 83-year-old woman from a burning home Saturday, but their efforts were ultimately successful, according to WSPA-TV.

An enclosed porch around the rear of the Camfield Road home was padlocked and the woman couldn't get back in her home -- where the keys were -- and was trapped by the fire, officials said.

"We could hear her. She was hollering for us," Lt. Tommy Popham told the news station. "I said, 'Ma’am, You OK?' She said, 'Get me out.' "

Popham, along with Anderson Police Officer Rick McElveen were able to kick a hole through the fence and rip apart walls to gain access to the woman. They were able to get her out alive and to safety.

"It was kind of aggravating to tear down," Popham said, crediting training and manpower in the rescue. "It would've been a different outcome, but we look at it on the bright side."

Just two weeks ago, the same station rescued a 90-year-old woman on Westview Avenue when her home caught fire.

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