By CBSBoston.com Staff

BOSTON (CBS) – Boston firefighters saved a 90-year-old woman from her burning apartment in Brighton early Wednesday morning.

Flames broke out inside her fifth floor apartment in the Boston Housing Authority complex on Washington Street around 4 a.m.

Firefighters pushed through heavy smoke and fire and found the woman unconscious in the hallway. They shut the door to her apartment to contain the fire and carried her out of the building. She was then rushed to the hospital.

“She had some burns and smoke inhalation but hopefully she’ll be ok,” said Boston Fire Commissioner Jack Dempsey. “Lucky she got out the door that probably saved her life.”

No one else was hurt, but 35-to-40 other residents were forced out of their apartments, according to Dempsey.

“They broke the doors, they broke the windows, they broke everything and they started doing a lot of big banging and knocking on people’s doors so everybody could get out,” resident Virgilio Luna told WBZ-TV.

Denise Henderson was one of the people evacuated as heavy smoke filled the building, but she was thankful to be out safe with her dog.

“I was afraid. I was very afraid,” she told WBZ.

There’s no word yet on how the fire started.

CBSBoston.com Staff