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Woman in Windsor house fire taken to Boston hospital; husband expected to be released from treatment

  • A chimney remains standing at a house fire in Windsor, Vt., on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. The home, at 2628 Route 44, was destroyed. Two people lived in the home, according to a neighbor. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Jennifer Hauck

  • Firefighters spray water on a single-family home in Windsor, Vt., on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Departments from Windsor, West Windsor, Hartland, Claremont and other locations responded to the scene. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Jennifer Hauck

Published: 9/18/2021 6:26:38 PM
Modified: 9/18/2021 6:26:38 PM

The elderly occupant who suffered severe smoke inhalation when her Windsor house caught on fire on Friday was listed in critical condition at a Boston hospital on Saturday, the third hospital to which she was taken after firefighters rescued her through the living room window of her burning home.

Suzanne Skuja, 75, was first taken to Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Medical Center and then transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. Later Friday night, she was transported to Brigham and Women’s Hospital the Massachusetts capital, said her brother, Donald Taylor.

A spokesperson for Brigham and Women’s Hospital said Saturday afternoon that Skuja was listed in critical condition at the hospital’s main campus in Boston.

Skuja’s husband, Uldis Skuja, was taken to Mt. Ascutney Hospital in Windsor for smoke inhalation. He was expected to be released on Saturday, according to Donald Taylor, brother of Susan Skuja, with whom he co-owns the home that was destroyed.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital has a burn center that also treats victims of smoke inhalation.

Taylor, of Claremont, said he spoke with the attending physician at the hospital and he said his sister was “a bit better than yesterday but she’s still going to be down there for a while,” noting that “they seem quite confident” for his sister’s prognosis.




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