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.”