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Sheriff's deputies save woman from burning house

March 27, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Two LA County sheriff's personnel are hailed as heroes after rushing into a burning Malibu home to save an elderly woman.

Two L.A. County sheriff's deputies were hailed as heroes after rushing inside a burning Malibu home to save an elderly woman. The woman was bedridden and uses an oxygen tank, making the deputies' rescue efforts even more dangerous.

The drama began with a 9-1-1 call.

The hilltop home caught fire Monday night.

Because of heroic L.A. County Sheriff's deputies, no one lost their lives.

"We didn't do anything special. We're not heroes," said Deputy Kristina Seitz. "We were just doing what we do every day."

Deputies Michael Treinen and Lt. James Royal were at a city council meeting when they heard the call go out. They recognized the address as the home of an 89-year-old woman. They'd been there before on medical calls.

"She's elderly and she has a 24-7 caretaker with her at all times, that's who we were concerned with also," said Treinen.

The home was engulfed in flames when they arrived, but they went in anyway. They found the elderly woman face down toward the back.

"She was in a doorway just adjacent to a patio area, face down, and the fire was probably 15 feet away and getting bigger," said Royal.

Seitz helped the woman to paramedics after Treinen and Royal got the woman out of the house.

The woman was listed in good condition Tuesday. Treinen and Royal were treated for smoke inhalation but were OK.

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