A woman who nearly died while trapped inside her burning home is thanking the men who saved her.

“I just remember kind of talking myself through it. Which is the hardest part for me is that memory of talking to myself. Saying, ‘This is carbon monoxide. You're not going to feel anything, but this is how people die and you're just going to have to go to sleep now,’” Madi Marciniak said.

Trapped and surrounded by flames on the second-floor of her burning home, 20-year-old Madi Marciniak passed out from the carbon monoxide.

“"The flames were whooshing. My left hand caught fire. I did not wake up again with memory until I was in the ambulance,” she said.

Her Bay City home was destroyed, but she was alive thanks to the fire crew who came to her rescue.

"One of the people who got me wasn't on duty he had just been kind of driving by and realized what was happening. He was one of the volunteers that went in to get me,” Marciniak said.

Marciniak said she owes them her life. They’re her heroes.

"I'm so grateful every day I wake up it's like a second chance at life, but mostly I'm just grateful for that whole team,” she said.

The fire happened in late July. Since, Marciniak has made a full recovery. She has burns on her face, hand and leg. The nursing student doesn't mind, though, she's just happy to be alive.

"There's so much I wanted to do and if they done that for me, there's nothing I could ever do to repay them,” she said.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

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