Elderly Couple in Critical Condition After Being Found Unresponsive in Burning House in Sun Valley
An elderly couple was hospitalized Saturday night in critical condition after being pulled unresponsive from a burning home by firefighters in Sun Valley.
The fire was reported around 8:45 p.m. in the 9000 block of La Tuna Canyon Road in the Shadow Hills area, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
When firefighters arrived, the victims had no pulse and were not breathing, according to Humphrey.
“Two teams of LAFD Firefighter/Paramedics worked relentlessly side-by-side at the scene and during light-and-siren transport in separate ambulances to the hospital, where they were able to restore a pulse, breathing and blood pressure to the both the man and woman,” Humphrey stated.
A second woman in the home suffered smoke exposure and a small burn on her hand, according to the Fire Department.
One firefighter was also hospitalized after “exhibiting effects of extreme exposure,” Humphrey said.
Sixty-three firefighters battled the blaze, which was initially reported as a brush fire.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
Fire officials at the scene stated it did not appear the home was equipped with smoke detectors.