Crews knock down house fire in Carlsbad: 1 person taken to area hospital

CARLSBAD, Calif. - A teen, along with other neighbors, helped save an elderly woman from a house fire in Carlsbad early Monday morning.

The fire broke out at about 6:40 a.m. in the 6500 block of Corte La Paz, according to fire officials.

Matt Shearin, 13, said he heard a woman yell "fire," and noticed she was trapped on the second floor of the house. He ran to get a ladder and helped get her out of the burning house.

"She was out of the window screaming 'fire,' so the first thing I thought, 'Just help her, just help,'" he said. "I just got the ladder and I just booked it over there to save her life"

Firefighters said Shearin's help prevented a tragedy on Monday. Shearin and three other neighbors helped the woman get onto the roof and down to the ground to safety.

"That's what makes San Diego such a great place to be," said Carlsbad Fire Department Chief Mike Davis. "Thank you to the neighbors. She would have been faced with a terrible decision … possibly jump."

The fire was knocked down at about 7:15 a.m.

Medics were dispatched to the scene and the elderly woman, who is in her 80s, was taken to UCSD Medical Center for burns and smoke inhalation.

Firefighters told 10News reporter Natasha Zouves the woman is in moderate condition and was speaking when she was taken away by ambulance. One of three cats in the home was recovered and given oxygen.

The blaze was a shock for what neighbors call a quiet, friendly neighborhood. It was certainly a shock for young Shearin.

"I'm completely shocked. I didn't think anything was going to happen like this," said Shearin. "I wouldn't say it's a dream come true-it's one of those dreams, one of those nightmares."

Authorities said the blaze caused an estimated $180,000 in damages and two cats are still unaccounted for.

Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.

10News learned that the teen, along with three other neighbors, will be receiving a Good Samaritan pin for their actions.

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