OAKLAND -- A Good Samaritan pulled a woman from her burning house Wednesday afternoon, but the home near Mills College and her belongings were severely damaged, said an official from the Oakland Fire Department.
The resident, who has respiratory problems, was transported to a hospital for treatment after the smoky fire.
Battalion Chief Emon Usher said a passing motorist pulled the woman from the home right before it went up in flames.
Crews responded about 5:30 p.m. to the home in the 4900 block of Daisy Street at Calaveras Avenue, and had the fire out shortly before 6 p.m., Usher said.
Usher said the fire remains under investigation but the resident, a smoker, said she was lighting a match when a blanket caught fire.
She attempted to put out the fire, but it grew and spread quickly. She ran down the street, apparently trying to summon help, but returned to the home and went inside.
"She ran back to the house while (the fire) was picking up and a (passing) motorist pulled her from the home before it was engulfed in flames," Usher said.
The woman's house mate was not home at the time of the fire, but the Red Cross will provide temporary housing for her and the other woman if needed.
Damage to the contents and structure was estimated at between $200,000 to $300,000, Usher said.
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