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Police rescue disabled woman from house fire

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Saginaw police officers were the first on the scene and they carried a woman to safety.

The fire ripped through a Saginaw home and inside was a woman who wasn't able to get out herself.

Marilyn Schaaf is staying at a hotel for now after she was carried to safety from a fire at her home on North Granger.

Schaaf is confined to a wheelchair and was stuck inside her home for seven months because she didn't have a ramp to get out of the house.

On Tuesday her shed caught on fire and the flames jumped to her house while she was inside. When first responders arrived they quickly sprang into action.

"I couldn't just get out that quick," Schaaf said. "Four policeman came, they put me in a wheelchair and carried me down the steps."

Saginaw police officers took her down the stairs that have been the problem for several years.

"I was a little bit scared because I'm a heavy person. So I didn't want them to drop me down the steps or something like that, but they said 'don't worry, just lean back. We've got you,'" Schaaf said.

They took her to safety and she watched from the sidewalk with family members as firefighters extinguished the flames.

"I've never been in a fire of any kind and I never want to be in one ever again," she said. "I don't know if I could have gotten out without a ramp by myself."

While she waits to hear back from her insurance company, Schaaf wants to make sure if she does move back in the home has a ramp.

Her granddaughter has set up a GoFundMe account to help cover some of her losses.

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