DALLAS –– An elderly homeowner was hospitalized after she re-entered her burning Lake Highlands residence late Thursday night.
Dallas Fire Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said firefighters were called to the home in the 9900 block of Milltrail Drive at 10:54 p.m. When they arrived, responders spotted a glow coming from the edges of the garage door of the two-story home.
Firefighters got the door open and doused the fire inside, which had also spread to a car. A husband and wife were home at the time the fire broke out. Smelling smoke, Evans said they fled the home. But the wife went back in. Evans was not sure why.
Firefighters pulled her from the home and medical officials performed CPR. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital. She has not been identified and is in critical condition.
The home itself is severely damaged. The front window of the home is broken out and firefighters cut into the home's attic to attack the fire from above. The garage collapsed during the blaze and the car inside is charred.
Evans stresses that residents should never re-enter a home that's ablaze.
"Remember that loss of property can always be replaced," he said. "In the case of life, leave the rescues to those who are trained to do so."
The fire's cause is under investigation.