Neighbors, police rescue woman from burning Lawrenceville building

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LAWRENCEVILLE, Pa. - Neighbors and police rescued a sleeping woman from a burning building early Friday morning in Lawrenceville.

Officials said flames were reported at Metamorphosis Salon and Day Spa on Butler Street around 3 a.m.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they said heavy flames and smoke were pouring from the building.

“Everything that I worked for since I was 15 was burning to the ground,” Metamorphosis owner Mia Scarfone said.

According to the fire chief, the flames started behind the building and then traveled inside. He said nearby apartments were evacuated while crews worked to extinguish the blaze.

“She was very lucky to wake up at 3 in the morning and that someone made her aware. Police kicked in the front door so she was able to come down the stairs,” Deputy Chief Frank Large said.

The woman who was rescued lived on the second floor of the building, Scarfone said.

“I was screaming for her to come out and it was so confusing. I didn’t remember her name -- she just moved in. So I was calling every name in the book to get her to come out,” Scarfone said.

The fire was ruled under control just before 4 a.m., but the building was ruled a total loss.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.