A Friday fire at an Anaheim apartment complex gutted two units and left several families homeless, authorities said.
No one was injured in the three-alarm blaze on South Brookhurst Street, which firefighters had under control in about an hour, said Maria Sabol, a spokeswoman for the Fire Department. Damage was estimated between $700,000 to $1 million.
Suheir Kilani said she was at her dining table when she smelled what she thought was a neighbor's barbecue.
The smoke eventually drove the 37-year-old physician's assistant and her brother from Kilani's third-floor apartment. She said they ran down the hall, with flames on their right as they banged on doors, yelling: "Fire! Get out!"
"I walked through smoke, and through the fire," Kilani said, before she made it outside. Her 18-month-old cat, Casper, and a neighbor took refuge on a balcony before being rescued.