8 injured by burns, smoke inhalation, jumping out window during California …

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2 Grave, Including Child, in Apartment Fire That Left 9 Injured in San Juan Capistrano.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) — Southern California authorities say nine people were injured after a fire broke out in a second-story apartment where there were no working smoke alarms. When firefighters arrived at the apartment complex near the La Zanja and Camino Capistrano intersection, they saw flames and a woman in her mid 40s who had suffered severe leg injuries after jumping from a second-floor balcony, OCFA spokesman Steve Concialdi said. The four family members were taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, but the grandmother and the mother were later transported to the UC Irvine Health Regional Burn Center in Orange for burn treatment. Deputies arrested a 34-year-old man and took him into custody at Central Men’s Jail on $20,000 bail after a delivery person said someone broke a window into a bakery and stole some bread.

At one point, fire officials reported people were trapped inside the building. “It’s just one of those things,” he said. “When you hear it was called a chaotic situation, you can try imagining it in your mind’s eye. Show up on scene, people are outside injured and fire is wrapping out of the building.” Volunteers with the Red Cross responded to the neighborhood to provide assistance for displaced residents, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. He held Osito wrapped in a towel and watched firefighters investigate the scene. “Those smoke alarms allow those critical seconds when there is a fire,” Concialdi said. “They alert not only people in that room but in the other rooms as well as those around the apartment.” Concialdi said Tuesday morning that the cause of the fire and where it started are still under investigation. A caller asked deputies to check for a van that was occupied by a man and woman who appeared to be doing drugs in the lower level of the parking structure.

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