California Firefighters Save Family From Blaze

Updated: 04-11-2007 01:20:53 PM

Inside Bay Area (California)

SAN MATEO -- Residents of a two-story dwelling on 11th Avenue were roused by an early morning fire Tuesday, and the family on the second floor needed the help of firefighters to escape.

According to the San Mateo Fire Department, the blaze was reported in the upstairs unit, occupied by two adults and a

5-year-old child, just before

3 a.m. An occupant of the downstairs unit called 9-1-1.

Acting San Mateo Fire Capt. Jay del Secco and Firefighter Matthew Turturici rescued the family in the upstairs unit, whose only means of escape was cut off by the fire, according to a press statement. The family members suffered minor smoke inhalation but were otherwise unhurt, the statement said. Fire units from the Central County Fire Department assisted San Mateo fire personnel in controlling the fire.

The blaze began on an exterior deck on the second floor, fire officials said, and the cause is still being investigated, but has been ruled accidental by Fire Marshal Michael Leong.

Smoke damage rendered the upstairs unit uninhabitable, officials said.

They also noted that the upstairs unit did not have a functioning smoke detector.