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Two firemen care for a woman rescued from her burning home at Parkside Avenue and Buena Vista in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. The woman was taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries. (Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group)

WALNUT CREEK -- An elderly woman was rescued and rushed to John Muir Medical Center after a fire engulfed her home Tuesday afternoon, a fire official said.

Shortly before 3 p.m., crews received calls of flames erupting from a single story, wood-shingled home on the east corner of Buena Vista Avenue and Parkside Drive, according to Battalion Chief Keith Cormier of the Contra Costa Fire Protection District.

When crews arrived, the home was fully engulfed and the woman was yelling from a window, trapped.

Cormier said firefighters had trouble determining which side the fire had originated from, as numerous trees and bushes block the view of the home from the street.

She was conscious when crews pulled her from the window, Cormier said, but the extent of her injuries were unknown.

No other injuries were reported.

Several animals also lived at the home, Cormier said, but he said they had been pulled out and given to neighbors to be cared for while the woman remained hospitalized.

It was not known if the woman lived alone or with others at the home, which was described by Cormier as significantly damaged.

Neighbors gathered along Parkside Drive to watch crews work, and the home continued to smolder for well over an hour. Around 4:15 p.m., crews were still working to extinguish flames on the roof.

It is still unknown what caused the fire, but an investigation is underway.


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