Four children were hospitalized in critical condition after a fire broke out in a one-story bungalow in Los Angeles Monday night.
Fire officials said they were called to a house fire in the Vermont Knolls neighborhood of Los Angeles around 10:50 pm, Monday evening. When they arrived, there was heavy smoke and flames coming from the front of the house.
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Witnesses reportedly yelled to the firefighters that people were still trapped in the bungalow, which is protected with fences and caress screen doors, the Los Angeles Times reported.
A video of the scene shows firefighters saw in the caress doors outside while the flames were seen from outside.
Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the LAFD, told reporters that the fire brigade found a within-window and were able to climb in. He said that the firefighters found four children severely burned and passed on to colleagues through the window.
There were paramedics on scene, who worked to revive and the threat of the children, ranging in age from 2-7.
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“The handing out of the heavily wounded and almost lifeless brothers and sisters of zero visibility waiting for colleagues outside, the fire department was able to safely escape before the room dropped to a temperature that would have certainly taken the lives of the children,” Humphrey said.
Authorities say the children’s mother was during an assignment when the fire broke out. They came home and saw the ambulance to the help of her children.
The children were taken to a local hospital in critical condition.
Almost 100 firefighters worked to extinguish the fire within 16 minutes. The house was 93 years old and at least one smoke detector, but officials could not determine if it is functional.
The cause of the fire was under investigation. No other injuries were reported.