• Firefighters pull woman from burning home

    By: Nate Stewart


    PINEVILLE, N.C. - A Pineville woman is fighting for her life Tuesday night after a fire broke out at her home earlier in the day.

    Fire crews said the homeowner was inside when the fire started.

     Sherry Hodgin called 911 after seeing smoke coming from the home on Woodside Falls Road then ran to the front door to see if anyone was inside.

    “I said hello hello, is there anybody there,” Hodgin said. “Then, I noticed how thick the smoke was. It was black smoke.”

    Once fire crews arrived they found a woman on the second floor suffering from smoke inhalation.

    “In a bedroom, rescued her, pulled her out and she went to (Carolinas Medical Center) Main,” said Fire Chief Todd Passons.

    Fourteen-year-old Maggie Mahaffey  was passing by and saw flames above the tree tops.

    “It was so bad, it was over half the house in flames,” she said.

    The homeowner was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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