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Off-Duty Fireman Rescues Wheelchair-Bound Woman

Associated Press

September 30, 2010

PUYALLUP, Wash. — A fire official says an off-duty firefighter pulled over Tuesday when he spotted a Puyallup house fire and rescued the wheelchair-bound woman inside.

Central Pierce Fire Assistant Chief Randy Stephens tells The News Tribune that the unidentified woman suffered minor smoke inhalation but was otherwise unhurt.

Stephens says the Graham, Wash., firefighter was driving by after picking his son up from school. He kicked open a door and found the woman.

Another passer-by noticed smoke and flames coming from the back of the home and tried to douse the fire with a garden hose.

Investigators say the blaze started on a back porch where a small refrigerator was plugged into an outside outlet. Damage is estimated at $70,000.