Firefighters rescued an elderly woman from a burning home just outside Waterloo’s city limits Thursday afternoon.

Crews from Conestogo, St. Jacobs and Elmira were called to the home, on Country Squire Road, around 4:50 p.m.

They were told that a woman was believed to be inside the home.

After several frantic minutes of searching, the woman was found and brought outside for medical attention.

Neighbours say the woman is elderly and suffers from vision issues.

“There’s no way she could have gotten out of there (on her own),” said Alissa Melvin.

The woman was taken to hospital for further treatment. Information on her condition was not available Thursday evening.

A firefighter was also taken to hospital, to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Fire crews remained on scene as of 6 p.m., putting out what Woolwich fire chief Rick Pedersen termed “little spot fires.”