Firefighters Friday rescued a woman trapped inside a locked room at a residential motel in Livermore that was on fire.
Joe Testa, battalion chief for the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department, said the fire was reported at 10:37 a.m. at the building, located at 1321 Portola Ave. While en route, firefighters were advised by the dispatch center that a woman was trapped inside of a burning room.
Firefighters arrived on scene at 10:40 a.m. and forced entry through a locked and dead-bolted door to the burning unit. They found the women in the room's bathroom and rusher her outside. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital where she was reported to be in stable condition.
Two other people were also injured at the fire. One was a man who suffered smoke inhalation while attempting to rescue the trapped woman before firefighters arrived. He was treated at the scene and released.
Another woman suffered a minor injury while evacuating an adjacent unit and also was taken to a hospital.No firefighters were injured.
All rooms at the converted motel were evacuated during the fire, temporarily displacing approximately 15 residents.
The fire apparently originated in the sleeping area of the motel room, next to one of the beds. The specific cause remains under investigation, but arson is not suspected. The rescued woman was alone at the time of the fire.
A total of six fire trucks and 23 firefighters, including a fire chief, deputy chief and battalion chief responded to the fire. Two ambulances and a paramedic supervisor also were at the scene.