Update: Abilene Fire Department to Honor Woman's Rescuers

Published 05/03 2014 01:20PM

Updated 05/21 2014 11:05AM

Julian Alvarado Jr.
05/21/14 Update

Two Abilene men will be honored for saving the life of an Abilene woman on May 3rd after she became trapped in her home at Hartford Place Apartments during a fire.

The Abilene Fire Department sent out the following release:

A Civilian Awards Ceremony will be held on May 21, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at Central Fire Station on 250 Grape Street.

The Abilene Fire Department will be recognizing Carroll “Rocky” Watson and Stacey Karnes for their heroic efforts performed on May 3, 2014.

Under severe fire conditions, Mr. Watson and Mr. Karnes were credited with saving the life of a trapped woman from her second story apartment.

We will have more on this story later this evening.

05/03/14 Update

The fire that started at Hartford Place Apartments late Saturday afternoon was ruled an accident, according to the Abilene Police Department. Lt. Mike Miller has stated it was due to an improperly discarded cigarette.

Firefighters arrived to the apartment complex at around 11 a.m with flames and smoke coming out of one of the front porch areas. According to reports, there were two occupants inside the unit at the time of the fire. As a result, one received minor injuries and was treated at the scene. No other apartments were affected by the fire and residents were able to return a short time later.

Damages cost up to approximately $12,000. One cat died during the fire.

Original Story

One woman was taken to the hospital for precautionary measures Saturday morning after a fire at a south Abilene complex.

Flames and smoke were seen from Hartford Place Apartments at around 11 a.m. Firefighters responded to the scene and were able to contain the fire quickly, AFD says.

Before crews arrived, neighbors acted as a "human ladder" to pull the woman out from her unit where the fire is believed to have started.

So far, the cause is still unknown.

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