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Elderly woman rescued from 2-alarm fire in New London

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An elderly woman was rescued after a two-alarm fire spread to her home in New London. 

The fire started at a home on Summer Street on Saturday evening and ten people were displaced. 

When the massive fire started, Sherri Ann Colquhoun immediately began worrying about her 97-year-old grandmother, Anna Daley. 

"She was up there by herself," Colquhoun said. 

Luckily, two good Samaritans made a dramatic rescue and saved Daley's life. 

"She's hysterical and I just said 'you are so lucky that the neighbors ran in and got you,'" Colquhoun said. 

Daley was trapped in the second floor of the home next to the house on fire, but the flames were making their way into Daley's house. 

"I told her the windows are melted and the side of the house is melted. That's the house my grandfather and her had their whole lives," Colquhoun explained. 

The two good Samaritans pulled Daley from danger before firefighters arrived to the scene. 

"They ran over there an they carried her down the stairs and over there to the neighbors," Colquhoun said. 

Colquhoun told Eyewitness News that the men who she doesn't know and isn't sure live in the area, also helped six other people including four kids escape. Shortly after the rescue, firefighters worked overdrive to save the houses. 

"They went in, they did an aggressive sweep on the inside, they knocked down the main body of fire and continued working and overhauling until they got the rest of the fire out," said Chief Henry Kydd of the New London Fire Department. 

The fire displaced around ten people, including five children. Firefighters found Daley's wheelchair and hope it provides her some comfort. 

"Just be thankful that you're OK tonight and everything else is replaceable," Colquhoun said. 

The Red Cross is helping all of the victims affected by this fire. 

The State Fire Marshall is trying to figure out how the fire started and it's also unclear is the home will be salvageable. 

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