SANTA CLARITA – Two deputies from the sheriff’s Lancaster Station are being credited with saving a woman as flames closed in on her Stevenson Ranch home a day after the Sage Fire broke out.
Deputies Shane Dobra and Alex Smith responded to the area to assist with evacuations on Sunday, July 10. Around 6 a.m., a resident told them a house in the 25000 block of Dogwood Court appeared to be on fire, according to Lancaster Station Deputy Kit Gruppie.
The two deputies located the home, which had flames spreading across its front and heading toward the front door.
Both deputies knocked repeatedly at the front door, but no one initially answered, Gruppie said.
“Finally, an elderly woman answered the door and was shocked to hear her house was on fire,” according to Gruppie.
Dobra and Smith escorted the woman from the home, but she suddenly ran back inside, so the deputies ran into the burning structure and found the woman in a back bedroom, where she had become “overcome with panic and fell to the floor.”
“The deputies helped her off the floor, and escorted her outside,” Gruppie said, adding that the woman was treated for smoke inhalation and a minor knee injury.
The Sage Fire was reported about 12:05 p.m. Saturday, July 9, in the area of Sage Crest Circle and The Old Road in unincorporated Los Angeles County. The brush fire, which burned 1,110 acres west of Santa Clarita, was 92 percent contained Wednesday morning, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Three firefighters have been injured battling the blaze, which has damaged at least one building.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.