By ART AISNER
The Ann Arbor News
Ann Arbor firefighters pulled an unconcious woman from her burning apartment near downtown Friday morning, officials said.
Firefighters responded to a multi-unit apartment building at 1010 Catherine Street at about 10 a.m. and found heavy smoke coming from the second floor, said Batallion Chief Chuck Hubbard.
About 30 people were already outside the four-story building, but firefighters had to help a few stragglers out.
What Hubbard anticipated might be typical minor kitchen fire then turned serious as firefighters had to navigate through heavy smoke in the hallways and eight to 10 apartment units to trace the fire's origin.
"Usually these type of runs are for careless cooks, but this was very serious," Hubbard said.
Firefighter Steve Kreger said he and partner Bill Gamble entered several apartments before they found intense flames inside one.
Kreger carried the woman to the balcony while Gamble fought back the flames with a hose.
The biggest challenge, Hubbard said, was tracing the fire's origin.
"I thought I heard some muttering and she was on the floor toward the back of the apartment. I got lucky," Kreger said.
Crews from four stations in the city battled the blaze.
The 21-year-old woman was taken by ambulance to the University of Michigan Medical Center, where her status was unknown Friday afternoon, Hubbard said