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94-year-old woman, three others rescued in NW house fire

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Firefighters jumped into action today to rescue four people trapped in their home in Northwest D.C., including a 94-year-old woman, Lilia Lane.

Flames broke out on the second floor of a two-story home in the 1300 block of Locust Road Thursday morning. Fighting through extremely thick, black smoke, when crews finally reached Lane, she was unconscious.

Advanced life support was performed, according to Deputy Fire Chief Demetious Vlassopoulous.

As smoke and flames engulfed the large single family home, Lane was trapped inside her second floor bedroom. Her two adult sons were also rescued.

Fire fighters quickly worked on knocking down the fire while escorting the two men out of the main level.

D.C. Fire reports four people were removed from the home and transported to the hospital.

Lane, who was a schoolteacher for 30 years, is listed in serious condition at Medstar and two others are being treated for smoke inhalation at George Washington Hospital.

This was an intense fire with a multitude of heavy equipment needed, not only to put out the fire but also to release smoke from the home. Ladders were used to tear holes through the roof and walls were ripped out to make sure the fire didn't seep through the cracks.

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