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Good Samaritans rescue people in Oceanside apartment fire

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OCEANSIDE (CBS 8/CNS) - Two people were hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday following an apartment fire in Oceanside that also injured four others, including a police officer who helped rescue trapped residents and a woman who dropped her three-year-old child from a second-story window to a neighbor waiting below, authorities said.

Five people were displaced, one apartment was destroyed and other units were damaged by the fire that erupted at the Briarcrest complex, 3950 Waring Road, about 10:25 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Oceanside Fire Department.

It took 40 firefighters about 35 minutes to bring the blaze under control, an OFD statement said.

The woman who dropped her child awoke to thick black smoke coming into her room through a closed door and screamed out her window for help, the OFD said, adding a male neighbor heard her cries and caught the woman's child. The woman then proceeded to find herself another way out.

The two critically injured victims were airlifted to UCSD Medical Center, which has a burn unit. The fire department did not specify who the critically injured patients were but did describe two of the rescued as "elderly."

The police officer suffered smoke inhalation as he and a bystander rescued apartment occupants from the fire before firefighters arrived.

The name of the police officer hasn't been released, but CBS News 8 has been told that he has been with the force for seven years.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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