CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) – Two children were killed after a fire erupted at a Chula Vista home early Thursday morning, fire officials said.
Chula Vista Fire Department crews were called to 279 Coralwood Court, near Bonita Road, at around 12:20 a.m. in response to a house fire.
Within five minutes, crews arrived to find the two-story home fully engulfed in flames. A woman escaped from the fire, and crews were told that her two children were still inside.
Firefighters ran inside the burning home, but the kids could not be saved. Crews were able to recover their bodies.
A man from the home who had been trying to help put out the fire suffered burn injuries and was taken to the Burn Center at UC San Diego Medical Center, ABC 10News learned.
Fire officials said crews were able to knock down the fire in 35-40 minutes. The flames did not spread to any neighboring homes. There is no immediate word on what caused the fire.
According to La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools Superintendent David Feliciano, one of the children killed was a kindergarten student at Avondale Elementary School in Spring
"Today we learned that one of the children who died in a Chula Vista house fire early Thursday morning was a kindergarten student at Avondale Elementary School in Spring Valley.
We are all deeply saddened by this heartbreaking news. This is a truly devastating time and a terrible loss for our Avondale school community.
Counselors will be available at the school throughout the rest of this week. If your children need any assistance dealing with this loss, please encourage them to speak with a counselor or a trusted adult.
We ask that our community members keep the student’s family and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers and we extend our deepest sympathies and all of our love to the family."