By: Kate Pabich
An elderly woman is hospitalized Sunday Night after a fire burned through her Clinton home.
Mary Joe Rowland is in Iowa City with severe burns covering 22 percent of her body. She's lucky to be alive, and she has her daughter Theresa to thank.
"It sounds like mom had somehow lit a candle and somehow it started a fire and she's not mobile so she was stuck in the chair," said Sherry Dykema, Mary Joe's Daughter.
Sherry says her 76 year old mother started yelling for the only other person in the house, her mentally challenged daughter.
"She got up and she got my mother moved away from the burning chair and so Theresa is a hero really saving her mother from death."
But according to Sherry, Theresa wishes she could have done more.
"She felt like she didn't do enough she was kind of upset that she didn't do nothing that it was her fault and everything."
Sherry thinks that her mom pressed her lifeline button that notified police.
When they got there, rescue crews got Mary Joe out of the house and rushed her to the hospital.
"She's in Iowa City right now so we really could use her prayers everyone out there she is going to be ok it sounds like if there are no other complications but she is heavily sedated right now."
Mary Joe will have to undergo skin graphs and surgery.
By: CBS 4 Newsroom
Clinton firefighters were called to 2351 Chancy Street. When they arrived they found smoke coming from home and two people inside. One lady made it out of the house, the other women was saved by firefighters, but flown to University Hospitals in Iowa City with severe burns.