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2 dead, 4 hurt in ‘tragic scene’ at Santa Ana home for disabled

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Orange County Fire Authority firefighters mop up hot spots after a fire raced through a home in the 2100 block of North Hathaway Street, Santa Ana.
BRUCE CHAMBERS, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

SANTA ANA Fire destroyed a home for adults with disabilities Wednesday morning, leaving two women dead and four others injured.

The fire began at a home in the 2100 block of North Hathaway Street about 5:45 a.m. When firefighters arrived, several residents were trapped inside the home, which is licensed as an adult residential facility for people with physical and developmental disabilities.

By about 6 a.m., the fire was under control and firefighters had rescued four people who were injured. They were taken to Western Medical Center Santa Ana, a 71-year-old female caregiver in serious condition with burns and three residents with other injuries, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi. Two women, a 48-year-old and a 52-year-old, were pronounced dead at the scene, both found in bedrooms.

“When our firefighters arrived there was so much fire,” Concialdi said. “This is a tragic scene.”

According to the state’s Community Care Licensing Division, the address is known as Mary’s Home and licensed for the care of up to six people with developmental disabilities. Concialdi said the residents were all women in their 30s-50s.

The caregiver told officials that she was making breakfast when she heard a smoke alarm go off in another part of the home, Concialdi said.

Neighbors told firefighters who arrived on scene about the people inside, he added. With fire in the garage and inside the home, the approximately 50 firefighters who responded had to force their way into the home.

Neighbor Hugo Montes first smelled smoke as he went out to his van around 5:45 a.m. He went to the home, where a smoke alarm was sounding, and saw flames through a window. Inside, a mattress was on fire and the caregiver was trying to put it out with a blanket, he said. He looked for a hose and, not finding one, ran back to his house. When he returned, the home was fully engulfed in flames, he said. He could hear screams inside.

“This isn’t happening,” he said.

As fire investigators continued to work round 9 a.m., job coach Javier Burga of Westview Services arrived to pick up one of the residents for her regular program at the nonprofit adult day center. He said he had worked with the home for about a year and was in shock to see the aftermath of the fire.

“I don’t feel good,” he said.

Source: www.ocregister.com

By CLAUDIA KOERNER, ALYSSA DURANTY and SCOTT SCHWEBKE  / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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

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.

Source: www.ocregister.com

By SEAN EMERY  / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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Three San Diego firefighters facing robbery, assault charges

Three San Diego firefighters who allegedly got into a brawl after a night of drinking will be arraigned next week on felony charges of robbery and assault.

Arrested were Capt. Vadid Cisneros, 36; Gregory Econie, 26; and Andrew Brennen, 29.

The three were arrested about 2 a.m. Sunday and have since been released from jail.

The incident allegedly began when the firefighters, after a night of drinking, got into a scuffle with a man in the Normal Heights neighborhood. Minutes later, the man and his brother — both in their mid-40s — confronted the firefighters and a second fight ensued, according to officials.

One of the brothers reported being hit in the head with a rock. The firefighters allegedly took wallets from the two, and Brennen allegedly warned the two not to report the incident to police.

Along with assault and robbery, Brennen has been charged with intimidating a witness to a crime.

Separate from the criminal charges, an investigation is underway by the Fire Department and the city personnel department to determine whether the three should be punished for the off-duty incident.

Until that probe is completed, the three will continue working as firefighters.

However, if the county government opts to invalidate their credentials as emergency medical technicians — credentials required of all firefighters — their employment with the city would be terminated, officials said.
 

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