Woman, Cat Injured in Apartment Fire

By Kelly Bayliss
|  Thursday, Apr 10, 2014  |  Updated 12:54 PM EDT
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Firefighters rescue a trapped woman from an apartment building fire early Thursday morning.

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Firefighters rescue a trapped woman from an apartment building fire early Thursday morning.

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A woman and her cat were both injured in an apartment fire overnight in the Northeast section of the city.

Neighbors say they woke up just after 1 a.m. Thursday to the smell of smoke before the fire alarms in an apartment building on the 8200 block of Roosevelt Boulevard started going off. They also say that one of the residents began banging on doors to alert others of the fire.

One woman, however, a 60-year-old identified only as Elaine, was not able to get out of her bottom-floor apartment, fire officials told NBC10.

Elaine and her cat were stuck inside their unit while fire burned through the apartment because of a jammed door, according to crews that were on scene.

Firefighters from the Philadelphia Fire Company were able to rescue the resident and her feline.

Elaine was taken to Temple University Hospital where is in critical condition. Her cat was removed from the building on a stretcher, according a tweet made by the Red Paw Relief Team -- the Red Cross for animals.

The cat is being treated at Penn Vet, according to Red Paw.

Elaine is being treated for burns and smoke inhalation, fire officials said.

The fire, according to officials, began in the basement of the building. No word on what caused the blaze.

Check back with NBC10 for updates on this story.

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