Otay Mesa fire at assisted living facility sends six to the hospital

ATF agents involved with investigation
Posted at 9:42 AM, Apr 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-26 21:58:52-04

OTAY MESA, Calif. (KGTV)--Fire crews and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were investigating a fire at an assisted living facility in Otay Mesa West Wednesday morning. 

A call of a residential fire at 3865 Darwin Avenue near Darwin Place came in around 9:10 a.m., according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Six people were transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation. One individual has since been released. The condition of the remaining five people is still unknown. 

10News reporter Mimi Elkalla interviewed witnesses who said helpful neighbors who knew that wheelchair-bound seniors live in the home jumped into action when they smelled smoke.

They threw rocks through windows of the fiery home and used garden hoses to try to put out the fire. 

San Diego MAST (Metro Arson Strike Team), which includes member agents from the ATF, is investigating. 

Sandy Coronilla is a KGTV digital producer. Follow her @10NewsSandy