Neighbors helped firefighters rescue a man from a burning house in Nipomo early Thursday morning, while a woman who lived there escaped on her own.
Firefighters went to the blaze on the 200 block of East Knotts Avenue after a 911 call at 2:45 a.m., according to a news release from Cal Fire.
When they got there, two neighbors were inside the house helping the man, and firefighters quickly took over. He was badly burned, and was taken to a burn center in Los Angeles. The woman was treated at local hospital for smoke inhalation and released.
Firefighters contained the fire within five minutes. It caused $100,000 in damage.
The American Red Cross is helping with temporary housing for the family.
A Cal Fire spokeswoman said the department does not release the names of victims.
Investigators are looking to find the cause of the fire and have determined that the smoke alarms were working properly.
Twenty firefighters responded to the fire with four fire engines, one water tender and one rescue unit. The Santa Maria Fire Department and San Luis Ambulance assisted.