Neighbor comes to the rescue in North St. Louis County house fire

VILLAGE OF RIVERVIEW, MO (KPLR) – A north St. Louis County woman was taken to the hospital Monday night after a fire in her basement forced her out of the home.

Riverview Fire Chief Keith Goldstein said the call came in shortly after 7 pm Monday.  The home is located at Durness and Banavie.

Firefighters showed a Fox-2 videographer the back of the house and the basement, which is where investigators believe the fire started.

Braxton Hughes is a neighbor who came to the woman’s rescue, after he called 911.

Hughes said, “She came running out the door as I called it in.  She didn’t have on no clothes.  There was a fire in her basement so were trying to get her away from the house.  As we were getting her away from the house, it was just a bunch of smoke.  She went up the street and we put a towel around her.  She was burned pretty bad and her hair was on fire.”

Chief Goldstein said arson and explosives investigators were called to the scene as a matter of standard procedure when a burn victim is transported to a hospital.  However, he said he does not believe the cause of the fire is suspicious in nature.