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Chief: Pepperell Police officers save trapped woman from fire

76-year-old pulled from under debris said to be in stable condition

Chief: Pepperell Police officers save trapped woman from fire
Chief: Pepperell Police officers save trapped woman from fire

PEPPERELL — Two Pepperell Police officers — who were first to arrive at a house fire in which a 76-year-old woman was trapped — ran into the home and pulled the woman out from under debris before she was taken to a local hospital late Monday night.

That woman, whose name was not released, was said to be in stable condition Tuesday, and Police Chief David Scott credited officers Jared Carrubba and Dan Adams with saving the woman’s life.

Crews were called to the fire at 29 Elliott St. — in a heavily-wooded part of town just south of the state line — just after 10:30 p.m.

When Carrubba and Adams arrived at the scene witnesses told them there was a 76-year-old woman trapped in the ranch-style home as flames heavy smoke poured from it, according to a press release from Pepperell Police.

Scott said in a press release that the officers went into the home and found the woman trapped under debris. The chief said Adams and Carrubba freed the woman and carried her outside.

“Officers Carrubba and Adams made entry into a burning, smoke-filled home and risked their own lives to carry one of our residents to safety,” Scott said. “Their efforts were certainly heroic and life-saving.”

The woman was taken by ambulance to Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer, according to Fire Department radio broadcasts.

Scott said the woman suffered smoke inhalation, but was in stable condition Tuesday. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The blaze was knocked down by about 11:20 p.m., according to Fire Department radio broadcasts, but crews remained at the scene overhauling the structure.

Firefighters from Groton, Dunstable, and Townsend and Hollis and Nashua, N.H., provided mutual aid, according to radio broadcasts.

“Once again we had a great collaborative effort by the public safety team here in Pepperell,” Scott said in a press release. “These two police officers certainly played a huge role in saving a life, but it started in the dispatch center and continued with our emergency medical services.”

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