ARLETA — A fire in a small home in Arleta burned a 50-year-old woman over about 25 percent of her body today, and a 45-year-old man inside the house suffered some smoke inhalation.
Three neighbors suffered minor cuts to their hands while attempting to rescue the couple, a Los Angeles city fire department report stated. They were treated at the scene and refused to be transported to an area hospital.
The fire was in a one-story, four-bedroom house at 8919 Stanwin Ave. and was reported at 12:18 a.m. It was declared out in 21 minutes, according to Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Scott said four people were inside the home at the time of the fire and that "entrenched flames" were in the living room, enclosed patio-room and kitchen.
Firefighters rescued the critically injured woman, suffering from second and third degree burns, from a front bedroom. He said a total of 45 firefighters responded to the fire. A cause of the fire and damage estimates remained under investigation.