The Piedmont Fire Department received a fire call to a house on Taylor Street at 4:09 AM Saturday.
The fire was apparently discovered by an off duty JSU Police Officer who heard someone screaming for help from inside the burning house. He kicked in the front door of the house and went in to find the 71 year old female occupant of the house on floor in the front room. He and two Piedmont Police officers who had arrived on the scene pulled the woman to safety. She was treated on the scene for smoke inhalation by Piedmont Ambulance before being transported to a Gadsden hospital where she remains in serious condition.
Piedmont Fire Chief Ledbetter told WEIS Radio News, his first truck arrived on the scene within 3 minutes of the call to find heavy flames coming from the house with the second truck arriving shortly thereafter. He said once the blaze was extinguished he and his department began an investigation to the cause of the blaze. Chief Ledbetter said they determined where the fire started but not the origin of the fire. No other house were damaged and there were no other injuries. He said the investigation continues.
On Sunday night the Piedmont Fire department received a call to a mobile home on fire at 50 Greenwood Road. Chief Mike Ledbetter said his department arrived on the scene within 4 minutes of the call and found the house 75 percent involved. The fire was extinguished and no one was home at the time. There were no injuries. He said his department will begin an investigation this week to determine the cause of the blaze.