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Martinez woman rescued from burning apartment

Posted: November 18, 2011 - 1:22am  |  Updated: November 18, 2011 - 1:32pm
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Battalion Chief James Burnett stands outside the window of a Petersburg Place townhome in Martinez while firefighters clean up inside. A resident, Demetria D'Antignac, 31, was found collapsed by the back door and taken to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital and is in critical but stable condition. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but believed to have started in the kitchen area.  Barry Paschal
Barry Paschal
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Battalion Chief James Burnett stands outside the window of a Petersburg Place townhome in Martinez while firefighters clean up inside. A resident, Demetria D'Antignac, 31, was found collapsed by the back door and taken to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital and is in critical but stable condition. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but believed to have started in the kitchen area.

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A Martinez woman pulled from her burning apartment late Thursday is in critical condition at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center on Friday morning.
Demetria D’Antignac, 31, was in critical but stable condition, said hospital spokeswoman Barclay Bishop.
Firefighters responded to D’Antignac’s Petersburg Circle apartment at about 11:20 p.m. They broke down the door of the apartment and found her collapsed near the back door, said Battalion Chief Danny Kuhlmann of Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue.
D’Antignac was likely alerted to the fire by a working smoke detector, which was still going off when firefighters arrived, Kuhlmann said.
A neighbor who’d gone outside saw the fire in the Petersburg Place Town Homes off Old Petersburg Road and called 911.

Investigators with the fire department and state Fire Marshal's Office believe a cooking fire started in the kitchen, but can't be sure until they speak with D'Antignac, spokesman Jeremy Wallen said Friday.

The rest of the apartment was damaged by smoke and adjoining units also sustained minor smoke damage, Wallen said. Four other units were initially evacuated, but those residents returned to their homes after the fire was extinguished.
Firefighters initially were told two children also were in the burned unit. However, Wallen said, they later learned the children were staying with a grandmother.

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