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UPDATE: The woman firefighters pulled out of this burning home has passed away

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WALKER COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -

UPDATE: The woman firefighters pulled out of this burning home has passed away, Saturday morning, according to family members.

Nevely Lewis, 71, her daughter and another family member were in their house when a fire erupted inside Thursday night. Neighbors tried to get her out, but was trapped inside the burning home. Firefighters eventually got her out and transported her to a local hospital where she later died.

Family members are taking donations of clothing and other items listed below:  

Shirts: Large
Pants: Large & XL
Shoes: 7.5 & 8.5
Under garments
House decor
Dishes
Furniture
Bedding
Sheets, blankets
Personal Items
Paper Items
Appliances

They can be dropped off at Cupcakes Boutique Clothing Store at 1932 GA-341, Rossville, GA. Their phone number is 423-580-2778. 

A GoFundMe account has been set up for monetary donations. 

First Volunteer Bank is also accepting donations under Jennifer Sherrill Miller. 


PREVIOUS STORY: Smoke and water damage cover what remains of the home Colleen Cross shared with her mother and cousin. 

All three were home when fire erupted inside Thursday night. Cross and her cousin were able to get out but her mother was trapped inside the burning home. 

Neighbors like Devin Ward ran over to help.

"The flames were taller than the house itself by at least 10 feet. They were huge," he said, "We just did everything we could. We tried to break out the windows to get the lady out but we just couldn't do it. It was too smoky."

Walker County Fire Chief Randy Camp says the first four-person engine crew that arrived made the split second decision not to go in with a hose line but to use the critical seconds to save the woman trapped inside instead. 

"The hose line gives the protection to the firefighters that they need from the heat. So when you go in with no way to combat the fire, it's a high risk," Chief Camp said, "She was in that back bedroom, but she was behind the door. They located her and got her out. Once they got her out, she was in cardiac arrest, so Lt. Josh Wolford performed CPR on her." 

Sgt. Rodney Johnson and firefighters Andrew Whyte and Ryan Sawyers were also part of the first engine crew. 

Doctors were able to get the woman stabilized before flying her to a burn unit in Atlanta where she remains in critical condition. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Family members are taking donations of clothing and other items listed below:  

Shirts: Large
Pants: Large & XL
Shoes: 7.5 & 8.5
Under garments
House decor
Dishes
Furniture
Bedding
Sheets, blankets
Personal Items
Paper Items
Appliances

They can be dropped off at Cupcakes Boutique Clothing Store at 1932 GA-341, Rossville, GA. Their phone number is 423-580-2778. 

A GoFundMe account has been set up for monetary donations. 

First Volunteer Bank is also accepting donations under Jennifer Sherrill Miller. 


PREVIOUS STORY: A Walker County woman is lucky to be alive this morning after her Chickamauga home went up in flames Thursday night.

It happened at a home on Myers Road around 10:45 pm.

When firefighters got to the home, they quickly realized someone was still trapped inside. Firefighters were able to get her out alive, but officials say she was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. 

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Stay with Channel 3 for the latest.

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