Elderly woman dies after apartment fire

July 21, 2009 11:32:34 AM PDT
Police say a 74-year-old woman succumbed to her injuries after being pulled from her burning Lower Merion apartment. Emergency crews were called at approximately 2:12 Monday afternoon for the report of a fire on the tenth floor of the 191 Presidential Boulevard condominium complex.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the apartment of 74-year old Wilma Banet. Banet was trapped in a back bedroom and unable to exit the apartment due to smoke.

Rescuers were eventually able to remove Ms. Banet from the smokey apartment. However, she later succumbed to her injuries at Lankenau Hospital.

Two other individuals, including a volunteer firefighter, received treatment for injuries sustained in the incident and were released from Lankanau Hospital.

Fire investigators have not yet determined the cause of the fire, but say it appears careless smoking may have played a role.