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Ark. deputy rescues elderly woman from house fire

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Pulaski County deputy who arrived at a house fire before firefighters is credited with saving the life of an elderly woman inside the home.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Deputy Eric Lambert was sent to the home about 1:20 a.m. Saturday after it was reported ablaze.

Lambert said he saw three women were inside - two struggling with little success to remove their elderly mother. He said he rushed into the house, lifted the older woman on to a blanket, and
dragged her from the house.

A sheriff's office report said the elderly woman, Joyce Woodard, lived at the house and her daughters, Carolyn Bateman and Charlotte Bland, stayed with her to provide care. Bateman told deputies they suspected the fire was started by space heaters.

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