A Benicia couple was in critical condition suffering from smoke inhalation and burns early Thursday after they and their pet dog were pulled from an one-alarm house fire, authorities said.
A newspaper delivery man saw smoke coming out of a home in the 300 block of Larkin Drive at around 2 a.m. and called the fire department.
Arriving firefighters could see smoke, but no flames. Armed with a thermo-imaging device, they began to search the home for the source of the smoke and any possible victims.
Fire Capt. Steve Meisenheimer said he located the couple in their 70s in the rear of the smoke-filled house.
Meisenheimer said the female was conscious, but disoriented while her husband was unconscious.
They were carried from home and transported immediately to a local hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation and burns, Meisenheimer said.
The couple, who are in critical condition, were then transported to the burn center at San Francisco’s St. Francis Memorial Hospital.
The family’s pet dog was also rescued and treated for exposure to smoke.
The one-alarm fire was quickly extinguished. The cause was still under investigation.