KEYSER - Mineral County sheriff Jeremy Taylor is credited with saving a Keyser woman's life Tuesday morning when he pulled her from her burning home on South Main Street.
By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Mineral County sheriff Jeremy Taylor is credited with saving a Keyser woman’s life Tuesday morning when he pulled her from her burning home on South Main Street.
“Jeremy Taylor saved Sabrina’s life,” retired Circuit Court Judge Phil Jordan told the News Tribune Tuesday after speaking with his niece, whose home at 55 S. Main St. was destroyed by the accidental fire.
The two-story wooden structure, which had been in the Jordan family for decades, was occupied by Sabrina Burnside, daughter of the late Sallie Jordan Burnside, a former Keyser City Council member.
According to Jordan, Sabrina said she had “heard a pop” and went inside to try to save her dogs.
“She became disorientated because of all the smoke,” he said, noting that Taylor, who is also Fountain’s fire chief, discovered smoke coming from the home as he was driving by, called 911 and went into the home to bring Sabrina out.
Shortly after Taylor arrived, Lauren Trenter, a paramedic in the county’s ALS chase car, and student Trevis Wagner also arrived and assisted in caring for Sabrina.
Sabrina was taken by New Creek Ambulance to Potomac Valley Hospital, where she was checked out and released later in the day.
Her two pet dogs were also rescued, and were in the hands of the Mineral County humane officers.
Firefighters from Mineral, Allegany and Garrett counties responded to the 9:58 a.m. fire and were on scene for several hours battling the stubborn blaze, which is believed to have started around a clothes dryer on the second floor of the structure.
Traffic was stopped on South Main Street between Fort Avenue and East Piedmont Street as the emergency vehicles converged on the site.
According to witnesses, the upstairs in the rear of the house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene. The fire spread up to the roof and gutted the second floor.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was corrected on 4/4/19 to reflect that Sabrina Burnside is Phil Jordan's niece and not his sister.