Two neighbors save family of four from fire, officials say

April 28, 2001|By A SUN STAFF WRITER

Fire officials say two neighbors saved four members of a Pasadena family from a house fire early yesterday morning by extending ladders to the second floor so that they could escape.

A neighbor driving by the burning house in the 7900 block of Outing Lane and a neighbor who lives across the street put up several ladders to the bedroom windows because the first floor exits were blocked by flames.

Bernard and Laverne Kelm and their two adult sons, Steven and Paul, suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation. They were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Steven Kelm and Paul Kelm were treated and released yesterday afternoon. Their parents were being kept overnight, a hospital spokeswoman said.

"I think a tragedy was averted by the quick actions of the neighbors," Fire Division Chief John M. Scholz said.

Scholz said the fire, which caused more than $150,000 in damage to the house, apparently started in a first-floor family room about midnight.

Investigators said the fire was caused by an overloaded outlet.

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