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May 30, 2008

Albany--A man helps save a wheelchair bound woman from a house fire in downtown Albany late Friday afternoon.

Two people were taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, firefighters say a seven year old boy playing with a lighter started the blaze.

Two adults and the boy were in this house in the 500 block of Flint Avenue, when the fire started. Firefighters say the boy was playing with a lighter in the living room, and that room was full involved when they arrived.

59-year-old Patricia Cheadow, who uses a wheelchair, had to be helped out of the burning home by another occupant, Terrance McLean.

McLean had to break a window in the back of the house to go around the fire and rescue Cheadow.

"According to the information I received there were three people in the house, we had one of them that was in a wheel chair, but the guy that was in the back was able to get her out," said Al Dyer, AFD Battalion Chief.

Both McLean and Cheadow were treated at the hospital for smoke inhalation, and released.

One firefighter suffered a minor burn battling the blaze, but required only minor treatment.

Fire officials say the house sustained about 50 thousand dollars damage, including heavy fire and smoke damage to the interior walls.


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