South LA house burns during crash fire chase – NBC Los Angeles

A South Los Angeles family was left heartbroken after a fire that started with a chase quickly spread to their apartment and destroyed everything inside.

The pursuer drove into the apartment early on Saturday. Kevin Tinoco, his father, two sisters, brother-in-law, niece and nephew were in the home when they heard the jarring sound of a car crashing into the building.

“All of a sudden you hear a big thud, like a rocket hitting something, like ‘boom,’” Tinoco said.

A security camera from a nearby business captured the car crashing into the living room of the first-floor apartment. People in the house ran outside and saw the driver and passengers still in the car.

They felt that the bad situation was going to get worse.

“We run downstairs and we see them struggling to get out of the vehicle like the doors are stuck,” said resident Rose Ordunez. “I started hearing a noise, like liquid coming out of the car and a lot of extra smoke. I thought, ‘You know what? This car is going to explode.'”

The occupants eventually emerged from the burning car and left the scene.

Ordunez shouted for her child’s father to get their 1-year-old child, who was sleeping upstairs. Everyone in the house escaped, but the flames quickly spread through the home, leaving Ordunez and her family with questions about the future.

The family’s landlord put them up in a hotel for a week.

“We don’t have a house because of them,” she said. “We don’t know what’s going to happen from here, but the important thing is that we’re still alive.”

Ordunez said there was a silver lining. Firefighters told the family there was no sign of their cat after the fire was extinguished Saturday morning. When the family later returned to the burned-out house, they discovered that the cat had returned after running away during the chaos.

“Luckily we’re all still alive,” Ordunez said. “It’s just our house.”

One of four people who fled the burning car was arrested, police said. Details about what led to the chase were not immediately available.

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