Elderly woman suffers burns to 70% of her body in Phoenix house fire

Firefighters say an elderly woman suffered burns to 70 percent of her body during a house fire in Phoenix.

"My grandparents bought this house on my mom's fifth birthday," Becky Morris said.

Becky Morris says the house on Pierce Street in Phoenix is full of memories.

"They moved here from Ohio for my grandfather's illness," she said. "They've been here, my mom's been here since."

Early this morning at around 5 a.m., the Phoenix Fire Department was called out to the home. A first-alarm fire trapped Becky's now 76-year-old wheelchair-bound mom in a burning room.

"He just comes out coughing," said Christine, a neighbor. "He went all the way in and was determined to get the lady. He's live here 35 years. They've lived here longer, so he was determined to help the lady because he knows them."

Neighbors, the elderly woman's daughter, son-in-law and grandson, who all live there, also made attempts to save her.

It was ultimately firefighters who pulled her out.

"She was breathing, she was semi-conscious upon leaving the scene," Capt. Rob McDade said.

Phoenix fire says the victim suffered second-and-third-degree burns to about 70 percent of her body.