MOUNT CARMEL — A woman rescued from her burning apartment on Sunday is in critical condition at Lehigh Valley Medical Center, borough police Chief Chris Buhay reported Wednesday.
Wilma Katherine Ferguson, 62, was carried out of the second floor at 221 S. Oak St. by firefighters. She was transported by ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville and later flown to Lehigh Valley. Life Flight was contacted Sunday but did not fly because of weather conditions.
Buhay said it took police some time to track down next of kin for Ferguson. She is not a borough native, he said.
The fire started in Ferguson’s apartment, No. 3, at about 2:45 p.m. Buhay said she was the one who reported the blaze to 911, saying her couch was on fire.
He said it wasn’t known if she tried to extinguish the fire or was already injured when she placed the 911 call.
Mount Carmel Fire Chief Jack Williams reported previously that the victim was found in her kitchen.
Mount Carmel police are working with state Fire Marshal Kirk Renn to determine the cause of the fire, which they said is not considered suspicious. As of Monday, Renn said he had not determined a cause.
Damage was mostly contained to Ferguson’s apartment, although three other tenants in apartments at 221 S. Oak St. were displaced by the fire, as was a person living next door at 223 S. Oak St., Williams reported.
He said no apparent structural damage occurred to the building, and residents might be able to return after the apartments are cleaned and wiring and utilities are checked.
Five apartments are in 221 S. Oak St., and one was vacant at the time of the fire.