House fire leaves woman in critical condition

A woman was hospitalized in extreme critical condition early Wednesday after fire broke out at a southside Fort Wayne home.

Posted: Sep. 12, 2018 11:51 AM
Updated: Sep. 13, 2018 6:11 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- A woman was hospitalized in extreme critical condition early Wednesday after fire broke out at a southside Fort Wayne home.

Fire crews were called around 8:50 a.m. to an address at 5613 Harrison Street, near West Paulding Road and Bishop Luers High School. Firefighters arrived and found smoke and flames rising from the single-story home.

Jesus Soto's mom lives next door to where the fire happened. She doesn't speak English, but she knew something was wrong when she saw smoke and flames.

"I called my mom. I said, “Is something wrong over there? She said something is wrong over there. She said a lot of fire trucks here and with the neighbors," Soto said.

The fire was deemed under control within 20 minutes.

The home was left with damage throughout.

The woman was outside of the home when they arrived.

She was taken from the scene with severe burns and smoke inhalation. 

Soto's wife who asked not to be seen, feels worse because she knew the woman dealt with issues in the past.

"A couple of weeks ago when we were here, I saw a guy yelling at the lady that lives there," Meghan Soto explained.

Even though the woman doesn't have much of a home to come back to, they are praying for her recovery.

The woman was not identified.

Chief Deputy Adam O'Conner said they do have a person of interest in questioning now.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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