2 killed, 5 hurt in fire at California group home

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Updated: 1/08 6:28 pm

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Two people were killed and five others were injured, including a firefighter, in an early morning fire at a group home for developmentally disabled women in Santa Ana.

Orange County Fire Authority spokesman Steve Concialdi said the caretaker, a 71-year-old woman, was in the kitchen preparing food when a smoke alarm went off. She found a mattress on fire in one of two front bedrooms, and the flames quickly spread to the rest of the house.

The caretaker was critically injured while attempting to rescue residents.

Three other women, between 30 and 60, were hospitalized with serious and one firefighter was treated at a hospital for burns to his hand from flames that ate through his protective glove.

Two women, ages 48 and 52, were killed.

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