Three Mar Vista family members were injured when a fire broke out in their one-story home early Tuesday, February 23rd, fire officials said.

Five companies of Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters, three rescue ambulances and one arson unit, were called at 5:09 a.m. to the single-family home at 3712 Meier St., Mar Vista, regarding a structure fire, LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

When firefighters arrived they saw a neighbor assisting a 43-year-old woman outside the single-family home with its front well involved with fire, Humphrey said. After learning that other occupants remained inside, firefighters rescued an 11-year-old girl and a 40-year-old man, who was not breathing, from the burning residence, he said.

The critically injured man was resuscitated by LAFD paramedics, while the girl and woman both suffered from minor burns and smoke exposure, Humphrey said. The three family members were transported to the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center for treatment.

Firefighters used hand-lines and performed vertical ventilation to battle the blaze and prevent the spread to nearby residences. The fire was extinguished in 26 minutes.

Humphrey said that a smoke alarm was found in the home, but its functional status and role in alerting the occupants could not be immediately determined. The woman tenant told firefighters that the home has window security bars but she had trouble releasing them while trying to get out.

The 83-year-old home did not have fire sprinklers, Humphrey said.

The cause of the fire and estimated damage is under investigation.

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