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6 Victims Escape Fire at Assisted Living Facility in Otay Mesa

The residents displaced by the house fire were mostly elderly folk, said a caretaker.

An assisted living facility caught on fire in Otay Mesa with six people inside as the flames broke out Wednesday.

All the victims were able to make it out of the home safely with help from emergency fire crews and neighbors, confirmed San Diego Fire-Rescue.

There was thick black smoke rising from the structure located on the 1000 block of Darwin Place, west of Interstate 805 and north of Interstate 905. It happened at about 9 a.m., according to SDFD.

Some neighbors grabbed hoses to help put the fire out before crews arrived, while others rushed into the home to get the elderly victims out.

"Everybody was running over here. Is anybody in the house? Is anybody in the house? People are running into the house to see if they have to take anybody out of there," William Aragon, a neighbor in the area told NBC 7.

Firefighters are still working to put some remaining hot spots out. Most of the victims were rushed to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

San Diego police say the arson unit will investigate this fire. No other information was immediately available.

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