Unconscious victim found after "intense fire" is knocked down

Kern County firefighters pulled an injured woman from a burning South Taft home early Thursday. The woman, whose name was not released, was rushed by ambulance to San Joaquin Hospital.

Firefighters found the woman inside a home at 523 Asher Avenue after responding to a house fire at Asher and South Street just across from Conley School.

While still en route, firefighters received multiple reports that there was a woman still inside the burning home. An ambulance was added to the response.

Neighbors tried to reach the woman but were driven back by the fire.

Firefighters first had to deal with what KCFD spokesman Jason Knaggs described as "intense flames out of the front door and living room window."

After knocking the fire down, the victim was found and pulled from the house.
Firefighters and Hall Ambulance paramedics treated the victim at the scene before she was rushed to San Joaquin, which has a burn center.

Her condition was unknown early Thursday afternoon.

Damage from the fire was estimated at $25,000.

A dog was killed in the fire, but two others were saved.

The cause is still under investigation.