Mass. Worker Pulls Woman From Fire

A construction worker rescued a woman from a burning building in Haverhill on Friday morning. The woman was alone in the home at 60 Harrison St. when the fire broke out at about 9 a.m., witnesses said. The woman's family identified her as Aja...


A construction worker rescued a woman from a burning building in Haverhill on Friday morning.

The woman was alone in the home at 60 Harrison St. when the fire broke out at about 9 a.m., witnesses said. The woman's family identified her as Aja Silvio-Douglas, 32.

Construction worker Bob Carrier, 44, said he was walking past the house with another worker when he saw smoke and flames.

"I went in and when I got to the top of the stairs, there was nothing but black smoke. So I went to kneel down and fell on top of the woman. And that is when I proceeded to just move my hands around to find out where she was exactly, and grabbed her legs and started pulling her down the stairs," Carrier said.

Carrier said he wasn't sure if the woman was alive at first.

"I hate to say it, but I thought she was deceased, and next thing I know I heard, 'Ow! Ow! Ow!' Good, you're alive," he said.

The woman was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment of burns. Silvio-Douglas' family said she was in critical condition in a medically-induced coma with non-life-threatening injuries.

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