A man and a woman were gravely injured and two small pets died after a fire swept through a home in West Hills on Tuesday morning, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Firefighters responded about 6:35 a.m. to the 6500 block of Capistrano Avenue where they found the one-story home “well involved” in flames, LAFD said in a statement.
As crews aggressively fought the flames in a well-coordinated attack, firefighters went into the homes and rescued two of the residents, described as an “elderly” man and woman, according to the statement.
LAFD paramedics immediately began performing advanced life support on the couple, who each appeared “lifeless” when rescued. Their conditions improved from grave to extremely critical by the time they were taken to an area hospital, officials said.
A third resident had managed to escape the home through a bedroom window after being awakened by a smoke alarm. He initially tried to get out through the nearby hallway, but found it impassible because of heavy smoke.
Once outside, the man then attempted to rescue the “mobility impaired man and woman” who were in an adjacent bedroom. He tried to access the couple’s room through a window, but did not succeed in his efforts.
The couple also awoke after the fire erupted and managed to call 911 for help before being overcome by smoke and heat from the rapidly-spreading fire.
Two pets, a small dog and cat, were killed in the blaze, according to LAFD. Both were found inside the house after fire crews made entry.
No other injuries were reported.
It took 31 firefighters approximately 19 minutes to extinguish the flames, officials said. The fire caused an estimated $250,000 in damages to the home, $200,000 of which was considered structural.
It was unknown what sparked the fire, but the cause is not considered suspicious, according to the statement.