Neighbors Rescue 94-Year-Old Woman From House Fire During Snow Storm

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA) --- A 94-year-old woman is recovering at Holy Cross Hospital after neighbors rescued her from her burning house in the south Four Corners area.

Carmela D'Antuono lived in a single-house that caught on fire after several transformers exploded nearby, according to residents.  She lived in the house on Lanark Way for over 50 years.

Caleb James says he was one of the people who carried D'Antuono to the house next door around 8 p.m. Wednesday evening.

"Everybody was calling 911, and everyone was very supportive, even shoveling a special path to get her to the ambulance or whatever car it was going to be used," he says.

Next door neighbor, Sandra Marroquin says she saw the fire with her sister, Nury. She tried calling 911, but she faced the same situation as her neighbors who got a busy tone.

The Montgomery County Emergency Communications Center says Verizon wireless callers experienced disruptions when calling 911 last night during the snow storm.

The center got 3,287 calls to 911 during yesterday's storm, a 134% increase to the volume of calls from the day before.

Eventually, Marroquin says she succeeded in calling the non-emergency number of the fire department.

"As soon as they got here, the fire was under control," says Marroquin.

Christine Patrick, president of the neighborhood South Four Corners Citizens Association, says the fire trucks have visited the house several times since last night.

D'Antuono is recovering and has an injured shoulder, according to one of her adult children.

Written by Elizabeth Jia

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