EL CAJON (CNS) - An elderly woman was hospitalized with burns and smoke inhalation injuries Sunday, and her dog was taken to a veterinary hospital, following a fire at her El Cajon home, police said.
Fire crews responded to the blaze about 7:20 a.m. at a single-story home at 1197 Lostinda Street, according to El Cajon police spokeswoman Monica Zech. Heavy smoke and flames were coming from the home.
Firefighters had the blaze knocked down in about 10 minutes, and their quick response limited the fire damage to the home, although the house sustained heavy smoke damage, Zech said.
The elderly female resident was taken to a hospital to be treated for burns and smoke inhalation and her dog was taken to a veterinary with possible smoke inhalation symptoms as well, Zech said.
The fire's cause and an estimate of its damage remained to be determined, Zech said.
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