Family of 5 Displaced by House Fire in Talmadge, 1 Hospitalized

One person was taken to the hospital with burns after a house caught fire in Talmadge.

The fire happened around 5:47 p.m. Tuesday evening at a home in the 4400 block of Highland Avenue. Four adults and one child were also displaced in the fire, according to SDPD and SDFD.

The family told NBC 7 four of them were inside the home when the fire started.

Dramatic video captured by witnesses shows flames tearing through the Gomez residence where the family has spent the last 11 years. 

The family said most of their belongings were destroyed. Their grandmother, who was visiting from Honduras, fears she won't be able to complete her planned trip back to South America because her passport was lost in the flames.

A youth football team was practicing nearby when the coach noticed the panicking homeowner try and extinguish the flames with a garden hose.

 Another witness rushed over and pulled the homeowner away from the inferno.

"I've never witnessed fire and saw the power of it and so I was scared," the witness said. "I was just telling everyone to move away and keep a safe distance."

There is no word on what caused the fire, but investigators told NBC 7 it did not appear suspicious.

The Red Cross is assisting in finding shelter for the Gomez family. 

There is no word on the extent of the burn patient's injuries. 

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