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Woman runs into burning building to rescue occupant from fire


The stains of smoke tell only part of the terror that unfolded at The River Terrace Apartments on Saturday night.

"I seen a big gush of smoke coming from over the apartments," Amy Selph said.

That fire could have been worse than it was, but thanks to Amy Selph the victim lives to see another day.

"By the time I got her out, there was nurse that lived in the apartment and she had took the lady to make sure she was okay.  She was having a hard to breathing though because she had all this soot and stuff in her throat," Selph said.

Amy lives across the street from the complex.  She had her mom call 911 while she rushed into the burning building, pulling the woman to safety.

Other neighbors like Erin Cousins and her sons came home to the commotion.

"When we got here everything was blocked off, had to drive around turn around several times--took us and hour and half to be able to come in," Erin Cousins said.

On Sunday, Erin and her boys came by to see the burned out apartment up close.  The charred furniture from the bedroom now covers the backyard.

Investigators say the fire was caused by melting candles.  They say the woman living there was trying to make more candles when the fire ignited.

She was taken to VCU Medical Center and treated for smoke inhalation.

As for Amy, she doesn't consider herself a hero.  She says she was just doing what her parents taught her to do.

"I was raised to help people and do what you can for people if you see any danger or anything," Amy Selph said.

Chesterfield fire investigators have ruled the incident an accident.

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