Boyle Heights House Fire Leaves 2 in "Grave Condition"

By Olsen Ebright and Michelle Valles
|  Thursday, Jan 10, 2013  |  Updated 2:20 PM PDT
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A man in his 90s and a woman in her 70s were injured during a house fire in Boyle Heights. Michelle Valles reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Jan. 10, 2013.

Michelle Valles

A man in his 90s and a woman in her 70s were injured during a house fire in Boyle Heights. Michelle Valles reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Jan. 10, 2013.

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A man and woman were in "grave condition" Thursday following a fire at a Boyle Heights home that did not have working fire alarms, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Firefighters responded about 9 a.m. to the 3100 block of Malabar Street. The fire was extinguished in about 20 minutes, according to LAFD.

A woman in her 70s and a man in his 90s were taken to LA County Hospital, LAPD Capt. Jamie Moore said. They were described as being in "grave condition."

Their daughter, who also lives in the home, was not there at the time.

Two strangers who spotted the blaze tried to save the couple, but were unable to get the victims out of the home before firefighters arrived.

"We just kicked down the door and then we (saw) the old lady passed out right there by the door," said Cesar Acosta, who along with Bobbi Olvera ran into the burning building.

"There was a bunch of stuff behind the door. We couldn't get it open wide ... from all the smoke, we were choking," Acosta said.

In addition to no working smoke alarms, Moore said the couple had non-compliant security bars installed in the home.

The fire appeared to start in front of the house. A cause has not been released.

Two firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation.

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