Ala. Firefighter Killed Rescuing Grandson From Blaze

A member of the Anderson Volunteer Fire Department died after rescuing her grandson from a house fire early Wednesday morning.


A member of the Anderson Volunteer Fire Department died after rescuing her grandson from a house fire early Wednesday morning.

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Firefighter Elizabeth Childers, 42, handed her 2-year-old grandson out of a window to safety, but she was not able to make it out, according to WHNT-TV.

The fire occurred around 1 a.m. on County Road 50 near an intersection with Highway 207 in Lauderdale County.

Childers' husband, Scott -- who also is a firefighter -- and their 17-year-old daughter made it out alive along with the boy.

All three were transported to a local hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

"We lost her as a hero saving her own grandson," Anderson Assistant Fire Chief John White told WAFF-TV. "It's been tough, a real tough morning losing one of our own members, and the way we lost her."

Local fire departments had their flags at half mast in honor of Childers.