published Sunday, November 6th, 2011

4 dead in California home-care facility fire

MARINA, Calif. — A fire at a California home care facility for the disabled has killed four adults and left two others hospitalized, authorities said Sunday.

The fire was reported at around 11:45 p.m. Saturday in Marina, a small coastal community in Monterey County, about 100 miles south of San Francisco.

Three Marina police officers suffered smoke inhalation when they tried to rescue people inside the burning single family home, police watch commander Robin Nowak said. The officers have been treated and released.

The four people who were killed were residents of the home, Nowak said. Nowak didn’t know who operated the home.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, but investigators with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were on the scene Sunday. ATF officials didn’t immediately return a call to The Associated Press seeking information on the investigation.

The fire was reported by a driver on nearby Highway 1 who saw the flames, KION-TV reported.

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