Evans woman in critical condition after rescue from fire

An elderly Evans woman was in critical condition Thursday night after firefighers rescued her from an Evans housefire earlier in the day.

Martinez-Columbia Fire rescue personnel pulled Agatha Murphy from her burning home early Thursday afternoon. She is in critical condition at the Joseph M. Still burn Center at Doctors Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

A neighbor reported the blaze at about 1:30 p.m. at the Sir Galahad Drive home Murphy shared with her son-in-law, Richard Thigpen. Thigpen is a Savannah River Site firefighter and board member, volunteer and chaplain for Martinez-Columbia, its spokesman Jeremy Wallen said.

When firefighters arrived, they found flames shooting from the roof of the two-story house, Wallen said.

The fire took nearly two hours to contain and firefighters remained on the scene Thursday evening.

The cause and origin of the fire has not been determined, Wallen said. The state fire marshal's office will investigate, which is protocol when a firefighter's home is involved, he said.

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