Four adults and three children were left homeless when fire swept through a two-story home Thursday morning in Laguna Beach, fire officials said.
The blaze gutted the upstairs of the home in the 700 block of South Coast Highway, but water damage to a downstairs apartment made the entire structure uninhabitable, Laguna Beach Fire Capt. Bing Boka said.
The fire was reported at 6:53 a.m., after 5-year-old Ian Shaw noticed smoke coming from under the heating duct upstairs and woke his mother, Loren Shaw, Boka said. By the time she got up, flames had broken through the floor, he said.
The three women and three children living upstairs, as well as a man living in the downstairs apartment, fled from the burning building, Boka said. They were all outside by the time firefighters arrived, he said.