Two people, trapped inside a Chula Vista house fire, had to break through windows to escape the flames early Thursday.
Fire broke out inside an assisted living residence on Moss Street around 1:30 a.m.
Six people were inside the building at the time and just before firefighters arrived, they were able to bang windows out and escape the smoke and heat. Two were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of cuts they sustained from broken glass.
When firefighters arrived, the building was engulfed in flames. It took fire crews 15 minutes to knock down the fire.
One neighbor called his mother a hero for running to help the people who managed to escape the flames. He said he'd never seen flames like this.
“It was crazy, the lady jumped out of the window trying to save her own life,” said David Deleal. “My mom just rescued her.”
At one point, 911 dispatchers lost contact with the person who initially called to report the fire.
“Our dispatchers did a great job of talking to them. At some point the phone call terminated and we think that’s when they were unable to keep talking and fortunately bail out of the home,” said Battalion Chief Jeff Peter.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.