Woman, 75, and firefighter treated at hospital after fire at home

05 Nov

LA PALMA – A fire at a La Palma home Monday afternoon resulted in a 75-year-old woman and a firefighter being hospitalized, authorities said.

Crews shortly before 2 p.m. responded to reports of a fire at a two-story, single-family home in the 2100 block of Walker Street, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said.

Firefighters arrived to find flames coming out of an upstairs bedroom, Concialdi said. About three dozen firefighters from the OCFA and the Los Angeles County Fire Department extinguished the blaze in about 30 minutes.

A 75-year-old woman was on the bottom floor of the home when the fire began, Concialdi said. She was helped by caregivers but had to be taken to a hospital after feeling ill.

A firefighter making sure no one else was in the home and helping to extinguish the fire was also taken to a hospital for stitches after cutting his hand.

Fire damage was found throughout the upper floor of the home, Concialdi said. Four family members who live at the home, as well as the 75-year-old woman, were displaced and were being assisted by the Red Cross.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Authorities estimate that it caused about $80,000 in structure damage, and $40,000 in damage to the contents of the home.



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