A house fire in Boyle Heights early Saturday left one woman dead and four other residents, including a toddler, hospitalized.
Firefighters around 4 a.m. arrived to flames billowing out of the two front windows of the one-story home at 2223 E. Sheridan St., Los Angeles fire Capt. Erik Scott said.
Some residents had already exited the home, Scott told KTLA.
Crews began to aggressively fight the blaze from the back of the residence and found an unconscious woman, Scott said.
He said they took the 66-year-old, who was in full cardiac arrest, outside, where paramedics rendered aid before taking her to the hospital. She was pronounced dead there, the captain added.
One resident, a 34-year-old woman, was in critical condition after suffering from possible burns and smoke inhalation, according to the Fire Department. Three other patients—a 3-year-old boy and two men, ages 35 and 66—were in serious condition after possible smoke inhalation, the agency added.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation.
A neighbor, Elias Lopez, said he called 911 as others tried to wake up the family inside. He said firefighters responded to the scene in less than three minutes.
“They managed to throw the child out to save him first,” Lopez told KTLA. “But the person who was waking everyone up, which I believe is the mother, she was the one who got cornered and trapped inside… Hopefully, she will be alright.”
Scott said crews saw one smoke alarm in the 1,025-square-foot house, but it was not clear if it worked. It took the 29 firefighters who responded to the scene about 40 minutes to fully extinguish the flames, the captain said.
Officials provided no further information.