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Woman rescued from fire owned home

A woman rescued from a Grass Valley mobile home fire Wednesday has been identified as Margaret “Peggy” Davis, the owner of the home.

Davis, 66, was rescued by Sierra Mobile Home Park maintenance man Juan Maldonado and city firefighters who broke into her home after smoke was spotted. But neighbors asked to identify the unconscious woman brought out of the home said it did not look like Davis.

The victim was taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and then flown by air ambulance to the UC-Davis Burn Center in Sacramento. Sandy Sagen at the Burn Center Wednesday said no Peggy Davis had been checked into the hospital, but that changed Thursday.

“We do have Margaret Peggy Davis,” Sagen said. She was in critical condition late Thursday afternoon.

Grass Valley Fire Department Battalion Chief Tom Browning said Davis’ purse and wallet were found in the back bedroom where the victim was found, but the department could not assume it was her.

“She did have some burns and didn’t look the same to the neighbors like they thought she should, so that’s why we weren’t real comfortable saying who it was,” Browning said. “We were kind of thinking that’s who it was. She had some facial burns and swelling and they might not have recognized her.”

Browning said Maldonado’s actions were crucial in saving Davis. Maldonado located Davis behind the back bedroom door where the fire broke out, but could not get it open because she was slumped against it.

Browning also could not get to her, but a squad of firefighters did just moments later, saving Davis’ life. The battalion chief said burn center personnel told him Davis is expected to fully recover.


To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail davem@theunion.com or call 477-4237.

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