San Mateo firefighters rescue family from blaze 

San Mateo firefighters rescued a family of three from a fire in their two-story home after flames cut off their stairway escape route Monday morning.

Just before 3 a.m., a fire broke out in the room occupied by the parents and their 5-year-old child. The house did not have a working smoke detector.

Acting fire Captain Jap Del Secco and firefighter Matthew Turturici rescued the family while crews from both San Mateo and the Central County Fire Department dealt with the blaze. The fire caused at least $30,000 worth of damage to the home and rendered it uninhabitable.

Fire Marshal Michael Leong said that although the cause was unknown, the fire was not intentionally set.

The department says that this incident is another reminder that all families should have working smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in their homes, and each home should have two identified, safe exit routes.

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