LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - A Limestone County woman is fighting for life after being severely burned Friday morning. She was trying to extinguish a fire in her mobile home. It happened just before 10AM on Andrews Street, just outside of the Athens city limits. Firefighters say the trailer was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived.
We learned the victim's two children, a 5-year old daughter and 6 year old son, were at home and watching television when they decided to start a fire to warm themselves. What happened next was a nightmarish scene that will no doubt play out in their memories from now on.
Investigators tell us 44-year old Dominga Lorenza was taking a bath when the kids ran to tell her there was a fire. They had ignited some napkins and the fire quickly spread to the carpet and beyond. The children got out the front door and watched as their mother tried in vain to stop the spread of flames. They quickly engulfed the interior of the home and burned their mother as her children could only watch.
Edna Garrett lives nearby and ran towards the house when she looked out and saw the flames. "And I seen this lady and she was dragging herself out to the tree over here and I told her I said let's get away from the heat and so I brought her across the street and then I told some man to bring a blanket or something to cover her up because she was burnt bad," Garrett told WHNT News 19.
Mrs. Lorenza was rushed to Athens Limestone Hospital with severe burns. Firefighters from the Owens Volunteer Fire Department rushed to the scene. The heat so intense it melted the siding on a double-wide trailer next to Lorenza's, but the firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading to another trailer that was parked just feet away from the one that burned.
"Just luck and the Grace of God. I mean, it was pretty much fully involved when we got on scene and how we saved it, God helped us, i'm pretty sure of that," Lovell explained.
We checked on Mrs. Lorenza late Friday afternoon. She has been transferred to University Hospital in Birmingham in critical condition.
This was the third house fire in Limestone County in the 24-hours since Thursday morning.