Five elderly women and four elderly men have been forced to flee a home fire in Desert Hot Springs, authorities said.

Firefighters have been working to put out the blaze in the 65000 block of Acoma Avenue in Desert Hot Springs at a house that burst into flames just before 11:20 p.m. Saturday, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

Smoke and fire was seen coming from the back of the single family dwelling, fire officials said.

Palm Springs firefighters joined the battle just before midnight.

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