Firefighters said when they rushed into his home on the 4800 block of Tilden Avenue at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, the two-story structure was completely engulfed. Flames were blowing out of the side door and firefighters had to go through the flames to get inside the home. Once inside, firefighters said the home was so full of smoke that it was pitch black.
Eitan's parents, Pauline and Gigi Djiji, were treated for burns, and his sister, Maya, 12, was taken to Providence Tarzana Medical Centre, where she was said to be in stable condition Friday. Four firefighters were injured during the rescue efforts. Three sustained second-degree burns to hands and extremities, and were taken to the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital. The fourth firefighter was taken to a hospital for a significant knee injury.
The cause of the fire was still under investigation Friday.