Evans woman in critical condition after rescue from fire

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 3:07 PM
Last updated Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 5:39 AM
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An elderly Evans woman was in critical condition Thursday night after firefighers rescued her from an Evans housefire earlier in the day.

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Firefighters kneel on the ground after pulling a person out of a burning home on Sir Galahad Drive in Evans.  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
Firefighters kneel on the ground after pulling a person out of a burning home on Sir Galahad Drive in Evans.

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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oneconservativetoanother 11/01/12 - 09:50 pm
Thigpen Family needs prayer for Mrs. Murphy

On behalf of the family of Richard Thigpen, we are asking for prayer for Mrs. A. Murphy as she fights for her life in the burn unit at Doctors Hospital. We are also thankful for the support and love given to us during this most difficult time. Life is so precious. Things can be replaced and we are thankful no one else was injured. Thank you to the firefighters that made a quick entry to save Mrs. Murphy. We are forever thankful for your bravery. This will be a hard road but God knows the plan. We will follow Him wherever He leads.

AutumnLeaves 11/02/12 - 04:29 pm
Was wondering

Was wondering...were there 3 or more explosions about 1:15 or so, associated with this house bursting into flames?

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