A fire in Gravenhurst has landed a 32-year-old woman in the hospital with smoke inhalation and burns.

A passing driver noticed the smoke from the fire on Houseys Rapids Road and by 4:00pm the first of three crews had arrived from the Gravenhurst Fire Department.

Fire Chief Larry Brassard said the first crew began a search of the two storey home.

“The crew pulled a fire attack line and began a search of the home, discovering the unconscious woman on the floor in the kitchen area,” said Brassard. “They immediately carried the woman outside and placed her in the care of paramedics who treated and transported the woman to South Muskoka hospital in Bracebridge.”

She was admitted to the hospital in serious condition. Four cats were also pulled from the fire but only one survived and has been left with family members.

At the fire’s peak, six trucks and 20 crew were on hand. The cause of the blaze appears to be smoking-related.

“Smoking continues to be a leading cause of fires in Ontario, and those who choose to smoke need to recognize the very real dangers that smoking indoors can create. These fires don’t only happen to someone else and they can have very real, sometimes deadly consequences,” said Brassard in a statement.