PASADENA, Calif. (KTLA) –Firefighters rescued a mother and three children from a burning third-floor apartment in Pasadena on Sunday.
The blaze broke out around 5 p.m. on the second floor of an apartment building in the 700 block of Worcester Avenue, north of Orange Grove Boulevard.
It sent residents fleeing into the street without even time to grab their shoes.
One woman and her three daughters were taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.
KTLA spoke with the family’s 8-year-old daughter about their ordeal.
“I was crying a lot,” Lourdes Martinez said. “My sisters were crying saying how is my mom gonna be? Is she gonna be okay?”
The Red Cross took at least 61 residents to the Jackie Robinson Center in Pasadena to temporarily house them until suitable lodging can be found.
The cause of the fire is now under investigation.
Fire crews rescued four people from a burning apartment building in the 700 block of Worcester Avenue Sunday afternoon.
The victims were trapped in a third-floor unit at about 5:15 p.m.
At least one person was taken to the hospital.
The other three, all children, were evaluated at the scene.
Two units in the building were damaged by fire. Several others sustained smoke and water damage.