WALLA WALLA, Wash. - A Walla Walla woman is in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center after she was injured in a house fire early Thursday morning.
Denise Lowell, 56, was one of two people inside the house at 622 W. Poplar Street when the fire broke out around 2:30 a.m.
Walla Walla police arrived at the same time as firefighters, and two officers made a "heroic effort" to rescue the residents in the burning home, according to a Facebook post from the Walla Walla firefighters union.
"They were pushed back by high heat and heavy smoke, but not before assisting one of the occupants to safety," the post said.
As more crews showed up, firefighters were able to rescue Lowell from the building and resuscitate her before taking her to Providence St. Mary Medical Center.
From there, she was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She is being treated in the hospital's intensive care unit.
More than 40 firefighters responded to the fire. The cause has not been released.
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