Neighbor Helps O.C. Couple Escape From Burning Home

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A quick-thinking neighbor came to the rescue of an elderly couple after their Huntington Beach home erupted in flames Monday morning, authorities said.


Fire crews were able to extinguish flames that burned through a couple’s home in Huntington Beach on Monday. (Credit: OnScene TV)

The fire broke out around 1:30 a.m. in the 6000 block of Crista Palma Lane (map), according to a news release from the Huntington Beach Fire Department.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they saw flames blowing from a second floor window, the release stated.

One of the residents told investigators she was sleeping downstairs when she heard something upstairs, according to the release. The woman was initially confused about what the noise was since her husband was also downstairs.

A neighbor who heard the fire then came to the home’s front door. Seeing that the two residents were still inside, he kicked down the door and helped them escape, authorities said.

“The neighbor said the inside of the house was getting uncomfortably hot by the time he was able to get the two people out,” the release stated.

One of the residents was taken to UCI Medical Center and treated for burns, according to the release. The person’s condition was not immediately known.

Fire crews were able to put out the flames, but authorities said excessive storage inside the house made fighting the blaze difficult.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.