SEELEY — A fire here that started when the lights on a dry Christmas tree were plugged in Tuesday left a mother and her three children critically injured.
The fire erupted about 3:30 p.m. in a small two-bedroom house at 1918 Mount Signal Ave.
Imperial County Fire Department Capt. Joe Seaman said the blaze, which he called a flash fire, started when someone in the family plugged in the Christmas tree lights.
Seaman said there was a "pop" and the tree quickly went up in flames. The fire spread through the living room.
Rebecca Juarez, 40, tried to get her three children out the back door but she could not get the door open. Seaman said he was not sure why Suarez could not open that door.