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Father and son rescue woman from burning structure in Ellettsville

Firefighters mop up after a fire that damaged homes in a strip of apartments in the 1100 block of West Main Street, Wednesday, November 27, 2019 in Ellettsvile, Ind. A father and son rescued a woman from one of the burning units. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

A man and his son rescued a woman from a burning apartment Wednesday afternoon in the 1100 block of West Main Street in Ellettsville, Indiana.

Mark Brewster, right, and his son Seth Brewster, left, are credited by the Ellettsville Fire Department as the bystanders who rescued a woman from a burning building in the 1100 block of West Main Street, Wednesday afternoon, November 27, 2019 in Ellettsvile, Ind. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

Mark Brewster, of Spencer, Ind., said he was driving along Ind. State Rd. 46 in Ellettsville with his son Seth Brewster, a high school student, when they noticed smoke and pulled into the parking lot of an apartment building. Brewster and his son then saw a woman in the back of the structure yelling, “help, help,” and managed to pull her from the burning structure to safety, said Brewster. Brewster said the fire was really hot, but he and his son were uninjured.

Firefighters mop up after a fire that damaged homes in a strip of apartments in the 1100 block of West Main Street, Wednesday, November 27, 2019 in Ellettsvile, Ind. A father and son rescued a woman from one of the burning units. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

Ellettsville Fire Chief Mike Cornman said a woman was transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries, but had no further information about her condition. Cornman said there was a major fire in one unit of the apartment structure, and a minor fire in another. Cornman credited the Brewsters with rescuing the woman from the fire.

Firefighters were dispatched to the structure fire around 2:56 p.m., and scanner traffic indicated a man may have been entrapped in the structure, but Cornman said there was only one person in the building, the woman rescued.

Units from Bean Blossom Township, Ellettsville Fire Department, Van Buren Township Fire Department, the Ellettsville Police, and IU Health Bloomington, were among those that responded to the fire.

Firefighters mop up after a fire that damaged homes in a strip of apartments in the 1100 block of West Main Street, Wednesday, November 27, 2019 in Ellettsvile, Ind. A father and son rescued a woman from one of the burning units. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
Firefighters mop up after a fire that damaged homes in a strip of apartments in the 1100 block of West Main Street, Wednesday, November 27, 2019 in Ellettsvile, Ind. A father and son rescued a woman from one of the burning units. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
Firefighters mop up after a fire that damaged homes in a strip of apartments in the 1100 block of West Main Street, Wednesday, November 27, 2019 in Ellettsvile, Ind. A father and son rescued a woman from one of the burning units. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

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