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Burning woman helped by neighbors
By Maria Miller
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. An 82-year-old woman was badly burned Friday morning after she caught herself on fire while cooking breakfast, a state police fire marshal in Ebensburg said.
It happened on Bheam Avenue on the citys west end just before 7:30 a.m. Police said the woman is identified as Mary Homan.
Originally, the call came in as a person on fire outside the structure, Johnstown Fire Chief Anthony Kovacic said.
"We heard these screams, almost sounded like a cat, a neighbor told 6 News. He says he and his wife were upstairs, getting ready for the day when they heard a woman outside screaming.
(My wife) looked out the window right there and said oh my God she's on fire he said. She came running out (the) door and fell down on the ground.
The man said he and several of his neighbors rushed to help by patting Homan down with snow and throwing water on her and covering her with a now scorched jacket.
"Some of her body, he said, the blisters were out and some of the skin was gone. Her clothes of course were on fire. We just patted and did whatever we could to get her extinguished.
Firefighters were able to control the flames and keep the home standing. The inside is severely damaged, especially the kitchen they said.
She wanted to go back in. She said My kitchen is on fire , the neighbor said.
Homan was taken to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center then taken to the burn unit of a Pittsburgh hospital. Her condition was not released.