Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 8, 2013

Firefighters say Indy woman saved neighbor


Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis firefighters are crediting an Indianapolis woman with saving an elderly neighbor's life after a fire began in the neighbor's garage.

Firefighters says the children of 44-year-old Michelle Hargraves alerted her about 1:30 a.m. Sunday about the fire, and the woman ran next door and tried unsuccessfully to kick a door in.

Capt. Rita Burris says Hargraves then broke a window and climbed inside, ran to a bedroom and woke 70-year-old Lois Sprinkle.

Burris says Sprinkle's home had no working smoke detectors. She says the home sustained an estimated $70,000 in damages.

Hargraves was treated for a small cut on a hand. Sprinkle wasn't injured.

Burris says Sprinkle believes the fire might have started with a malfunction in the woman's 22-year-old car.