FORT WORTH — Two Fort Worth police officers rushed into a burning home and rescued a woman early Tuesday before firefighters arrived and found her husband deeper in the house, authorities said.
The husband and wife were critically injured in the one-alarm fire that broke out as they slept in the 8100 block of Arbor Avenue. A MedStar spokesman described their injuries as life-threatening.
The officers, Lyndsey Stewart and Carson Bell, arrived first. Battling intense flames that roared over their heads, they found the woman just inside the duplex.
"She was right near the front door when we got in," Stewart said.
Bell said the pair simply did what their training called for.
“We never said a word to each other once we got in,” he said. “That lady needed to be moved.”
The officers were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.
Firefighters arrived about 3:30 a.m. and, after a search, fire Lt. Daniel Cearley and firefighters Louis Pantoja and Zac Shaffer found the woman's husband.
The woman was taken by helicopter ambulance to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. Her husband was taken by ground ambulance to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, said Capt. Tom Crow, a Fire Department spokesman.
The couple’s adult daughter, who escaped on her own, was taken to a hospital with breathing difficulties, Crow said.
Crow said it appears that the family was asleep when the fire began. The cause remained under investigation.
Residents of the duplex’s other unit escaped the fire unharmed.
The duplex is off South Cherry Lane, north of Camp Bowie West Boulevard.