Three persons, including a 3-month-old boy, were rescued Saturday with the help of four Marines after fire swept through a second-floor apartment in the 300 block of Los Angeles Drive, the Vista Fire Department reported.
The fire erupted at 9:49 a.m. when unattended food on the stove caught fire.
Tamara Brown, 20, and her sister-in-law, Velma Joann Barnes, 15, yelled for help out their bedroom window, drawing the Marines' attention, Vista Fire Marshal Paul Dawson said.
He said Michael W. Soale, 21, stood atop the shoulders of fellow-Marine Douglas Shoemaker, 25, and caught the baby, Kristen Jeremy Brown, as he was handed through the second-story bedroom window.
Meanwhile, two other Marines, identified as Douglas C. Moore, 22, and Norman Gomez, no age available, tried to reach the two adults inside the bedroom by breaking down the front door.