Firefighters Rescue Teen from St. Paul House Fire

Updated: 02/01/2013 7:17 AM By: Scott Theisen

St. Paul firefighters rescued a 16-year-old girl from a burning home on the city's east side Thursday.

Firefighters responded to the home at 974 Earl St. around 3:10 p.m. after a neighbor called 911 and reported smoke coming from the back of the house.

Fire officials say firefighters from Station 7, just a few blocks away, arrived to find the house full of black, toxic smoke from a fire burning in the kitchen on the first floor.

Firefighters found the girl in a second floor bedroom. She wasn't breathing so they began CPR.

Paramedics and two emergency doctors from Regions Hospital who had responded to the fire arrived and began emergency treatment to restore her breathing.

She was taken to Regions Hospital before being transferred to the hyperbaric chamber at Hennepin County Medical Center.

The girl was home alone and no one else was injured.

There were smoke detectors in the home. It's unknown at this time why she wasn't able to escape the home on her own.

Officials say the fire was confined to the kitchen but the rest of the house suffered significant smoke damage, making it uninhabitable. The damage is estimated at $10,000.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Photo courtesy of Saint Paul Fire Department.