LOS ANGELES (AP) — A fire at a San Fernando Valley home that had no smoke detectors killed a family of four Monday, including two children, authorities said.
The couple, their 12-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son weren't breathing and had no pulses when firefighters kicked open a wooden front door and pulled them from the home, fire Capt. Jaime Moore said.
The mother was huddled with her son and daughter and the father, who had turned 41 on Monday, was in a nearby hallway, he said.
They were within several feet of the front door trying to escape the flames, Moore said.
"Unfortunately ... the area they were found in, there was no means of escape," he said.
About 35 firefighters put out the flames in about 25 minutes.
The man and the children were pronounced dead at hospitals shortly after they were pulled from the fire, and the woman died at about 1:30 p.m., all possibly from smoke inhalation, Moore said.
The fire broke out on the second floor of a metal-clad barn that had been built in the 1960s as a residence, Moore said. It sits behind another home.