Two people were evacuated from a Laguna Beach home early March 11 after a deputy fire chief saw smoke billowing from the lower level of a multi-story home in the 500 block of Thalia Street, according to a news release.
Deputy Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse was on his way to work when he saw smoke billowing from the structure at 7:42 a.m. He alerted the occupants, helped them get out of the home and called firefighters. Firefighters arrived shortly thereafter and quickly extinguished the fire, which was confined to the lower level storage areas, Division Chief Dan Stefano stated in the release.
"Chief LaTendresse was instrumental in saving the occupants from harm's way and the robust firefighting work that immediately followed stopped the blaze from engulfing the upper floors," Stefano said in the release. "Our firefighters did an outstanding job today."