Off-Duty Pasadena Fire Captain Rescues Woman From Burning Home In East L.A.

Fragment of a sooty white brick home that is on fire with flames and smoke cming out

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EAST LOS ANGELES (CNS) - An off-duty Pasadena Fire Department captain who was preparing to go to Sunday's NFC Championship Game between the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers rescued a woman and her dog from a burning home in East Los Angeles, authorities said today.

``Capt. William Basulto wanted to fulfill his dream by taking his dad and son to the Rams Game yesterday,'' Lisa Derderian, of the city of Pasadena, said in a statement on Monday morning.

``While dressed in their good luck Rams attire and loading up their vehicle for tailgating, his dad noticed heavy smoke coming from a home a few doors down on the 3800 block of Dozier Street in East Los Angeles,'' Derderian said, noting that was at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

``William quickly ran to the house where he was told a woman in her 50s was trapped on an upper floor that was filling with smoke. He gave direction to neighbors to get a ladder, to call 911 and told them where to direct their garden hoses. He was able to rescue the woman and her dog as fire personnel were arriving on-scene,'' Derderian said.

Basulto then gave arriving firefighters an update on the incident, and helped them set up their hoses to extinguish the fire, Derderian said.

``Los Angeles County Fire personnel on-scene praised him for saving the victim's life,'' Derderian said.

Basulto still made it to the game, minus being a little late to the tailgate party. Derderian said the fire captain called saving the woman and her dog and seeing the Rams beat the 49ers 20-17 was a win-win.

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