2 Injured After Jumping From Second Story of Duplex to Escape Fire in Newport Beach

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Two people were injured when they jumped from the second story of a duplex that caught fire in Newport Beach Tuesday morning.

Fire damage at a duplex in Newport Beach in seen in a photo provided by authorities on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014.

Fire damage at a duplex in Newport Beach in seen in a photo provided by authorities on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014.

The fire was reported at 4:16 a.m. in the 300 block of 34th Street (map) where arriving firefighters found the two-story complex well involved with flames, according to Assistant Chief Kevin Kitch of the Newport Beach Fire Department.

Two people were injured when they jumped from the second floor to escape, Kitch said.

One person suffered and ankle injury and the other sustained unknown injuries, according to Kitch, who added that both were taken to Western Medical Center.

There was some minor damage to a nearby building, but “firefighters did a good job containing it to the point of origin… it could have quickly extended out to adjacent structures, given the amount of fire,” Kitch said.

It was too early to determine if the fire was suspicious, but the origin and cause were under investigation, according to Kitch.

No firefighters were injured in the incident.