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Firefighters pull woman from burning building

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An apartment building fire in downtown Plattsburgh left a college student with serious burns.

Flames poured out of the second and third stories of the apartment building on Couch Street early Friday morning, trapping a 21-year-old student.

"She got burned really bad on the third floor and she's not doing well," said John Carlo Pecora, a witness.

Plattsburgh Police say Alexa Limato was clinging to a window as fire crews rushed to get a ladder to her.

"We laddered the building, she couldn't hold on anymore. She fell back into the inside of the structure. My guys went in, we pulled her out, and got her to the ground to transport her," Plattsburgh Assistant Fire Chief Remy Stone said.

Limato was taken to the hospital in Plattsburgh, and then airlifted to a special burn center in Syracuse. She's in serious condition.

Everyone else escaped the eight-unit building unharmed.

"It appears now that the fire started in an apartment on the second floor," Plattsburgh Police Sgt. Brad Kiroy said.

By Friday afternoon, investigators determined faulty wiring ignited the blaze.

The Red Cross and Plattsburgh State University are helping 11 people displaced by the fire find temporary housing-- seven are students.

Alex Bender says he's lucky his girlfriend smelled smoke.

"So, I told her to get out of the house and then I went and woke up my roommate and we all got out," Bender said. "And as my roommate was getting out, the whole building went up in flames."

Plattsburgh State is also helping students displaced by that fire get meals, new textbooks and school supplies.

The school's president, John Ettling, issued a statement saying, "Our hearts are with her and her family as she struggles to recover from her injuries."

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