SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) — Nine people were injured Tuesday when a fire broke out in a second-story apartment where there were no working smoke alarms, authorities in Southern California said.
A 20-year-old woman and her 2-year-old and 3-year-old sons were in grave condition at area hospitals after the blaze in San Juan Capistrano, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi.
Another woman suffered burns and severe leg injuries when she jumped from a window, he said.
A third woman and four children were being treated for smoke inhalation at hospitals. That woman lowered her 2-year-old and 3-year-old daughters and a 5-year-old boy out a window onto a mattress with help from neighbors below, Concialdi said.
The fire broke out at 9:15 a.m. and caused heavy smoke. About 60 firefighters put out the blaze within an hour.
There were 17 people living in the four-bedroom apartment, which had no working smoke alarms, Concialdi said.
"There were smoke alarms, but none of the smoke alarms were working," he said.
He said the cause of the fire is under investigation.