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Elderly woman rescued from North County house fire

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CARLSBAD (CBS 8) - Neighbors came to the rescue of an 80-year-old woman Monday morning, after her Carlsbad home went up in flames.

The fire ignited in the back of a bedroom on the second floor of a home in the 6500 block of Corte La Paz just before 7:00 a.m.

After the fire broke out, an elderly woman was trapped on the second floor, unable to escape. And that's when four neighbors jumped into action and rescued the woman.

"Saw flames shooting out, smoke everywhere. The grandma was trying to get out of there. So, we got the ladder and put it up there and my friend, Andy, got her down," explained John Sharon.

"It was really just an adrenaline rush, everyone seemed to be going frantic, but it seemed to be organized chaos. It was really amazing. I'm really proud of everybody. I'm sure that lady is probably pretty happy too," continued Matt Sharon.

The residents, now being called lifesavers by firefighters, were awarded special pins for being Good Samaritans.

"It was just one heck of a way to start a Monday morning. But I'm just glad everyone came out ok," said Matt Sharon.

The flames were extinguished in about 15 minutes, but high temperatures early Monday morning made battling this house fire challenging for the firefighters responding from the Vista, Carlsbad and San Marcos Fire Departments.

There were two cats inside the home, one of them did not survive.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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