Grandmother who helped boys escape burning home in Pawtucket dies

This is a screenshot of a video that shows firefighters rescuing people from a burning home on Ballston Avenue in Pawtucket, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. (Submitted)

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — A grandmother who helped her grandchildren escape a burning home in Pawtucket two days ago died.

Pawtucket police said Friday that 71-year-old Maria Cardenas “did not survive her injuries and passed away.”

The fire happened early Wednesday morning on Ballston Avenue.

Witnesses told ABC 6 News that the boys’ grandmother was trapped inside for about 40 minutes before firefighters cut a hole in the roof to rescue her.

Police said that one of the boys, who’s 12 years old, and Cardenas were taken to the hospital for treatment.

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