According to a release by the City of Alamogordo, at about 7:30 a.m. the Alamogordo Fire Department was dispatched to 211 Sunrise Avenue for a structure fire with one occupant trapped inside. Judith Thompson, 77, activated her life alert and identified heavy fire conditions in the room where she was seated. Within minutes, firefighters and medical personnel from AFD and American Medical Response (AMR) were on scene.
Initial entry crews found heavy fire conditions in the living room of the residence. A rapid search of the room conducted by firefighters located Thompson, who was unconscious and seated in a chair directly adjacent to the fire. Firefighters rapidly removed Thompson from the residence and initiated lifesaving efforts. AFD and AMR personnel continued treatment and transported Thompson to the hospital where she is in stable condition and has resumed consciousness.
Firefighters conducted a search of the rest of the home and quickly extinguished the fire. Firefighters were able to contain the damage to the areas initially involved. The residence has sustained significant damage and the family has been referred to the Red Cross for support. The investigation into the origin and cause of the fire is being conducted by AFD and the State Fire Marshal’s office.
“Our firefighters performed exemplary and as a result of their rapid response and actions, saved Ms. Thompson’s life,” said Fire Chief Mikel Ward. “Alamogordo truly has the best men and women serving in the fire department. It’s days like today we are reminded how valuable their service is.”