An Escondido woman is in critical condition after fire broke out inside her home Tuesday, officials confirmed.
The blaze began around 8:15 a.m. at a two-story single-family home in the 3800 block of Violet Glen. When crews arrived on scene, the house was well-involved in flames.
One neighbors said the flames were as high as 20 feet.
"I thought it was the gardener. It sounded like people raking leaves actually. Then the sound got louder and louder, and it sounded like people were stepping on bubble wrap. I thought it was raining for some reason," Shane Sandberg said. "I came out to the balcony and that’s when I saw the flames."
Fire officials said the elderly woman inside the home suffered smoke inhalation and burn marks. She was taken to Palomar Hospital then flown to the UC San Diego Burn Center for treatment, according to officials.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but officials believe it began in the kitchen.