A son, alerted by a smoke alarm, helped his blind mother escape a house fire in Chula Vista Friday.
Firefighters arrived at the house at 94 Minot Ave. around 5:20 a.m. where they noticed flames and smoke coming out of the home.
A 61-year-old woman was lying in her bed when her electric blanket caught on fire officials said.
The smoke alarm went off and her son who was sleeping in the other room woke up then quickly rescued his mother.
“Truly what happened was that without that smoke alarm we could’ve had two fatalities this morning,” said Deputy Fire Chief Jim Garcia.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, though the electric blanket may be the potential reason.
“Smoke alarms do save lives,” Garcia said.
The mother got some minor burns on her feet and her son suffered from smoke inhalation, both were transported to UCSD Medical Center.
The interior of the home was destroyed. Early estimates indicate the fire caused $300,000 in damage.