Neighbors rescue elderly woman from burning home

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CARLSBAD, Calif. — An elderly woman was being treated for burns and smoke inhalation Monday morning after neighbors helped rescue her from a burning home.

CarlsbadFireA smoke alarm went off in the home in the 6500 block of Corte La Paz at 6:44 a.m., the woman who owns the home told FOX 5 News. The woman’s mother was trapped upstairs, but three neighbors heard her yelling for help from a window, firefighters said.

The neighbors brought over two ladders and climbed onto the roof of the garage, firefighers said. They helped the woman, who was in her late 80s, climb out the window. She was taken to UCSD for treatment of moderate injuries, firefighters said.

Units from Carlsbad, San Marcos and Vista fire departments arrived and put the fire out.  The fire was contained to two rooms on the second floor.

Firefighters found the family cat alive inside the house. The animal was treated for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, but the homeowner said she believed faulty electrical wires sparked the blaze.