Six people were hospitalized. At least three people are in critical condition and two family dogs are dead after a house fire broke out early Monday morning in Merced.
It happened in the 2300 block of Green Street near East Santa Fe Avenue.
Firefighters rushed to get to the scene after hearing multiple people were injured. They said it took about an hour to get the flames under control.
Firefighters say the fire broke out around 5:30 Monday morning. We spoke with a family member who explains the horrific sight as his mother was pulled to safety.
"I got to witness my brother standing in flames , like the flames were actually on him," said family member, James Hall.
Hall describes the horror of seeing his brother in flames trying to get his mother to safety.
"And he's trying to pull our mother out by her hands and she's just laying there lifeless," said Hall.
Neighbor, Rita Seibert said she woke up to total chaos outside and her first instinct was to get the four children living inside the home away from the flames.
"You could hear people screaming, where are the children, where are the children? I'm telling them, they're here, they're in my house, I have them all," said Seibert.
When Merced firefighters arrived, they found two victims outside and one more inside a bedroom of the burning home. They were able to pull that person out to safety and perform CPR.
"There was one person that they were resuscitated here on scene. They were unconscious when we found them and we resuscitated them. They ended up having a pulse once they left here," said Jim Evans with the Merced Fire Department.
Three people suffered from burn injuries and are in critical condition. A 24-year-old man, and two women, one who's 22-years-old. Another two people were treated for smoke inhalation and another victim later found treatment. Firefighters say the working smoke detectors in the home could be the reason everyone is alive.
"We heard them go off, so we don't know if that helped the people get out of the house or not, but usually that's a good sign of saving the people's lives," said Evans.
Merced Fire Department says two family dogs weren't so lucky and didn't make it out. There's major fire and smoke damage to the home. Cal-Fire is helping with investigating the cause. Seibert says she's just thankful the family was able to get out in time.
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