Los Angeles County authorities say five people were injured — at least three were burned and one suffered a dog bite — in a brush fire that spread to a dog rescue facility in Palmdale. Five dogs were killed in the fire.
Those who were injured were attempting to extinguish the fire and rescue the dogs, Fire Capt. Keith Mora told KPCC.
Several other dogs were injured, Fire Inspector Richard Lincon told the Associated Press.
Forty-four dogs were at Rescue Oasis at the time of the fire. The surviving animals were evacuated to other kennels or reunited with their owners.
At least one person suffered second-degree burns.
Firefighters were dispatched to the blaze at 9:04 a.m. Wednesday, Mora said. It was extinguished after damaging a structure and charring about two acres of brush just west of State Route 14.
The cause is under investigation.