Leesburg firefighters rescued a woman and a cat from a burning motel late Tuesday afternoon.
Fire crews from Station 62 responded to the blaze in the area of Gunston Street and U.S. Hwy. 27 at the Best Value Inn. Firefighters aboard Engine 61 were on a medical call at the time but were able to clear and head to the fire to provide assistance, a report states.
Engine 61 arrived on scene, its crew confirmed a working fire and went into fast attack mode. Engine 62 arrived a short time later and its crew started a primary search of the burning structure as a battalion chief took command of the incident, the report says.
One patient was located in the bathroom of a room with the door closed. Firefighters took down the door and removed the patient. Medics from Lake EMS provided treatment and a medical helicopter was requested to transport the patient to a local trauma center, according to the report.
Firefighters also rescued a cat from the burning structure and once the flames were extinguished, firefighters from Engine 64 handled overhaul duties.