Grandmother in Boston hospital after Northport fire on Friday

Posted Dec. 25, 2010, at 3:01 p.m.

NORTHPORT, Maine — A 71-year-old woman is being treated in a Boston hospital for serious burns and smoke inhalation suffered in a fire Friday afternoon at a house on Cheri Lane.

Nina Tyutyunnyk was flown by helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital, Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Saturday in a press release.

Tyutyunnyk is in intensive care in a burn unit at the Boston hospital, a spokeswoman said Sunday. Mass General does not release the conditions of patients.

Her three grandchildren were home at the time the fire broke out, but two were playing outside, he said. A 2-year-old inside the home was rescued by one of the older children.

Inspectors from the State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating the cause of the fire, according to McCausland.

The grandmother was injured when she went back into the burning house a number of times to retrieve money and personal items, McCausland said. A neighbor eventually prevented Tyutyunnyk from re-entering the house, which is owned by Mark and Ludmila Serone. Tyutyunnyk is Ludmila Serone’s mother.

The couple was not at home when the fire broke out, McCausland said.

Firefighters Belfast and Lincolnville helped battle the blaze.

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