PALMER – Firefighters were able to help a resident safely evacuate after a fire had broken out in her home on Saturday afternoon. Emergency crews were dispatched at about 2:30 p.m. to the 200 block of Beck St in Palmer.

“We arrived on scene and had light smoke showing. It was a kitchen fire. We automatically called Ennis and Ferris for mutual aid. There were a man, his wife and a little girl that lived there with the mother to the husband and she was the only one that was there,” Palmer Volunteer Assistant Fire Chief Ricky McElhaney said. “I had to carry her (the resident) out myself. She was on oxygen and she was scared that she'd needed her oxygen.”

McElhaney said the resident was transported to Ennis Regional Medical Center by ground ambulance with smoke inhalation. Firefighters were also able to save three dogs from the residence.

“We rescued three dogs. One of them I carried out myself. The other two [were] found when they (firefighters) did the search of the house. The AMR ambulance crew and the firefighters worked on one of the bigger dogs,” McElhaney said. “They had an oxygen mask for the dog that is supplied by the SPCA. They did some rescue breathing for it and got it back and are doing ok. He was really breathing hard.”

McElhaney said the residence sustained heavy damage to the kitchen area and had smoke damage throughout the rest of the home. Crews were able to bring the fire under control within five minutes of their arrival. Providing assistance on the call were firefighters with the Ennis and Ferris Fire Departments, along with medical personnel from AMR.

“We pretty much had control of it by the time the mutual aid companies got there,” McElhaney said. “We had hydrants on either side of us, but we never had to hook up. We got a good knock down on it.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Ellis County Fire Marshal Tim Birdwell.

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