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DISPATCHER HELPS FIREFIGHTERS TO SAVE PANICKED WOMAN

Guided by a civilian dispatcher, firefighters rescued a woman Tuesday night from her home on Buffalo's West Side,

"I don't think I really did anything," dispatcher Katherine Burgio later said in a phone interview.

Firefighters were sent to Breckenridge Street at 7:45 p.m. on a report of a trash can on fire. By the time they arrived, flames were licking at adjacent houses at 88 and 90 Breckenridge.

The woman living at 88 Breckenridge, who, according to bystanders, owns both 2 1/2 -story frame structures, placed a panicked call to information and wound up talking to Burgio.

"I had to get from her where she was, what part of the house, Burgio said. "She just screamed and screamed and screamed."

Another dispatcher got on the line to help.

The woman eventually said she was in the first-floor dining room in 88 Breckenridge, and that information was relayed to firefighters. The woman was rescued and taken to an unspecified hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.

Her identity and condition were not available.

Damage was estimated at $25,000 to the structure at 88 Breckenridge and $5,000 to its contents. Damage at 90 Breckenridge, a vacant house scheduled for demolition, was put at $10,000.

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