2 dead, 5 hurt in fire at California group home

By Michelle Kapusta,

A house fire broke out in Santa Ana, Calif. Wednesday morning leaving two people dead and five injured.

According to the Associated Press, one of the injured is a firefighter.

The Los Angeles Times has reported that a 71-year-old caregiver of five mentally impaired adults tried to help everyone get out of the house after the smoke alarms went off. She suffered burns to her head and body.

Firefighters pulled three residents from the flames, however, two women, a 48-year-old and 52-year-old were found dead inside the home.

The caretaker said she was in the kitchen making meals when she heard the smoke alarms go off and found a mattress on fire in a front bedroom.

A neighbor, Hugo Montes, saw the blaze and immediately ran to help. He was able to pull the burning mattress from the house without injuring himself.

The injured parties were taken to a nearby hospital. The actual cause of the fire is still under investigation.



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