A scene of chaos as condo fire has people jumping from windows

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

2 children, 1 teen in critical condition after fire.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) — Eight people were rushed to local hospitals Tuesday with burns, smoke inhalation and other injuries after a fire broke out in a Southern California apartment. 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. Firefighters were sent to the 26500 block of La Zanja Street at 9:15 a.m. and extinguished the flames in the second-floor unit, where people had been reported trapped, Orange County Fire Authority Capt.

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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