Muncie couple uses towels, bed sheets to protect themselves from smoke in house fire

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DELAWARE COUNTY, Ind. (May 30, 2015) – A Muncie couple is alive today thanks to the quick-thinking of 911 dispatchers after a disastrous house fire.

The Delaware County 911 Center received a call from Pamela Price around 1:15 a.m. She told the dispatchers her house was on fire and she was trapped with her husband on the second floor. They were unable to exit due to heavy fire and smoke in the hallway leading out of house.

The Hamilton Township Volunteer Fire Company was dispatched to the scene. Firefighters met heavy flames and smoke upon arrival.

Dispatchers kept Price on the phone and her location was relayed diligently by the 911 dispatchers to fire crews on scene.

A primary search was conducted of the second floor of the house in what was believed to be the room in which Pamela and her husband were located.

Firefighters found both Pamela and her husband in an upstairs bedroom, in which they had utilized towels and bed sheets to protect themselves from smoke.

Both occupants were taken from the structure via an exterior ladder in an unconscious state, but breathing.

Delaware County EMS quickly treated and stabilized patients and transported patients to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital where patients were stabilized by local doctors and transferred to Indianapolis Eskinazi Hospital.

Firefighters from Eaton, Albany, Gaston, Yorktown and Liberty Township were also on scene to provide tankers and put out the fire.

As of noon on Saturday, Pamela and her husband are in stable condition at Eskinazi Burn Center in Indianapolis.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

There were no working smoke detectors in the house.

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