Fire scorches La Mesa home with kids inside; trapping a paralyzed man

Posted at 10:37 AM, Nov 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-23 23:25:43-05

LA MESA, Calif. (KGTV) - A disabled man was taken to the hospital after a fire erupted at a home in La Mesa Thursday morning.

The two-alarm fire was reported shortly after 10 a.m. at a home in the 3800 block of Carbo Court, according to fire officials.
Karla Fierro said she was in in the shower when it happened, so her boyfriend shouted to get out.

 "I don’t know how to explain it," Fierro said. "It’s just the scariest thing." 

She said she and her boyfriend rushed her three kids and dog out, then the two went back inside. Fierro said her boyfriend cares for a man who is paralyzed and was trapped in the burning home. 

According to Fierro, they were having a hard time getting him out. She said her neighbor, who is a Navy veteran, showed up and helped them carry the man out. 

Heartland Fire officials told 10News they believed the blaze started in the garage and then spread to the rest of the house.

It took about 40 minutes for crews to stop the spread of the fire.

A disabled man who lives in the home was taken to the hospital, but the severity of his injuries is unknown.

10News learned a neighbor rushed in to help get the disabled man, his caretaker and several other people -- including 3 children -- out of the house.

No other injuries were immediately reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fierro lost a lot, but she is thankful for what she does have.

"Love each other much more," she said as tears fell. "Just be with our family right now. That’s what we need the most, so that’s what we’re going to do."