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Woman, Daughter Critically Injured In Fire

December 31, 1988

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A mother and her 2-year-old daughter remained in critical condition Saturday from injuries suffered when a fire erupted in their apartment, while another daughter was seriously injured.

Firefighter Adam Long found 2-year-old Patricia Pettus lying unconscious on the floor of the second-story apartment covered with soot and broken glass after the fire broke out Friday morning, he said.

″I ran down the stairs with her and took my mask off so I could give her mouth-to-mouth″ resuscitation, he said.

Patricia was in critical condition at Children’s Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said, while her 4-year-old sister, Nicole, was listed in serious condition.

The girls’ mother, Mary Ann Bridgett, 21, escaped from the building and remained in critical condition in Barnes Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

All three suffered burns and smoke inhalation, officials said.

Becky Timpe of Cahokia, Ill., was on her way to work when she drove by the building before firefighters or ambulances arrived and saw Nicole standing outside naked in sub-freezing weather.

″I just picked her up, and we took her to the hospital,″ Timpe said. ″I ran every stop light and stop sign.″

The fire was reported about an hour after the girls’ father, Shane Pettus, 24, had left for work.

An investigator said the fire started in a couch, possibly as a result of careless smoking or a child playing with a lighter.

Two firefighters were treated at a hospital for minor injuries and released.

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