Laguna Niguel man rescued from burning apartment using gadget – Orange County Register

LAGUNA NIGUEL — A man was rescued from a burning apartment Monday morning using a new device delivered to firefighters from Orange County Fire Authority.

According to the OCFA, people called 911 about 2:15 a.m. to report smoke coming from a two-story unit in Pearl and Crystal Cay.

Firefighters used new portable personal thermal imagers to locate the sleeping man in a room that was not burning, the OCFA said. The device resembles a cell phone and is worn on every firefighter’s turnout jacket.

Ambulance personnel took the man to a hospital for treatment for undisclosed injuries, the fire service said. Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames.

Investigators determined the cause was “unintentional,” according to a statement from the OCFA.

“Unable to rule out improper disposal of smoking material as the cause,” said an OCFA statement. “Smoke detectors were present and working.”

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