NORTH HIGHLANDS, Calif. — Six adults are displaced, two dogs are dead and one person is critically hurt after a North Highlands home caught fire early Christmas morning, officials with the Sacramento Metro Fire Department said in a Tweet.
At around 2 a.m. Sunday, crews responded to a home on David Drive in North Highlands and found heavy fire conditions.
"It was just moving so fast and so hot," said neighbor Richard Byers. "I used my fire extinguisher on the window... But it was just to no avail."
Investigators say the blaze was accidentally started by an artificial Christmas tree in the living room. There were no working smoke detectors in the home.
A victim was rescued by fire crews and taken to an area hospital in critical condition. Two dogs died in the blaze which left six adults displaced, according to fire officials.
Neighbor Brandy Byers says she heard the ruckus outside and found out someone was still inside the burning home.
"We just saw fire coming from the living room window so we came down and the family was outside screaming. She was still inside. She saved everybody and woke them up. She didn't make it out," said Brandy Byers. "A young girl. We hope she's okay and she makes it through."
She recalls seeing fire fighters "broke the window and found her immediately and got her out."
The American Red Cross is now helping the people displaced find shelter and resources while an investigation into the fire is underway.
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