Investigators were trying to determine today what started a fire that killed a man in his 50s inside a home in San Juan Capistrano. Photo via OnScene.TV.
Investigators were trying to determine what started a fire that killed a man in his 50s inside a home in San Juan Capistrano. Photo via OnScene.TV.

Investigators were trying to determine Wednesday what started a fire that killed a man in his 50s inside a home in San Juan Capistrano.

The blaze inside a home in the 29300 block of Edgewood Road occurred about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi.

“Firefighters responded to the fire and found a man crouched on the floor,” Concialdi said. “Firefighters carried him outside and treated him but the injuries he suffered from burns and smoke inhalation claimed his life at the scene.”

The man’s name was withheld pending family notification.

“Firefighters also brought out the man’s cat which was not moving at the time,” Concialdi said. “Firefighters used a special pet mask and physical stimulation to get the cat breathing and purring again.”

The house did not have any working smoke alarms, Concialdi said. Smoke alarms are required for every bedroom and the hallways leading to a bedroom under state law, he said.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation, Concialdi said.

—City News Service

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