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California couple jumps to safety to escape apartment fire

January 3, 2019

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California couple jumped from a second-floor window to escape an early morning apartment building fire.

Garden Grove fire Capt. Thanh Nguyen says a woman was hanging from the window when first units responded to the blaze just before 3 a.m. Thursday.

The woman let go and then a man jumped out as flames enveloped a section of the ground floor.

The man, Marco Hernandez, tells KABC-TV he and his wife were awakened by an alarm and found themselves engulfed in smoke.

Nguyen says firefighters found five dead cats in the apartment but rescued three others alive.

The Red Cross was called in to deal with displaced residents.

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