Two deputies rescued a man and his baby Wednesday from an apartment building fire in Lancaster, where paramedics rushed a person who suffered smoke inhalation to a hospital.
The condition of that person was not immediately known, said Inspector Joey Marron of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Firefighters dispatched at 4:03 p.m. to the 43000 block of North 16th Street West had the fire out a 4:26 p.m., Marron said.
As firefighters were battling the blaze, two deputies ran up a stairwell of the two-story structure to ensure everyone had been evacuated, said Ali Villalobos of the sheriff’s Lancaster Station.
“(The deputies) noticed one door in particular was closed and locked. And fearing someone was still inside, they began knocking on it,” Villalobos said.
A deputy kicked opened the door and the other ran inside, she said.
“He (the deputy) found a startled male adult standing in the hallway, clearly having just woken from a nap,” Villalobos said.
The other deputy then ran through the apartment, checking every room until he found a baby asleep in his own room, Villalobos said.
“The deputy grabbed the child and ran out of the burning building while escorting the father to run out as well,” she said. “Once safely outside, the father slowly realized the magnitude of the fire and thanked (the deputies) numerous times.”
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