California Burned Recovering At Hospitals


Thirteen civilians and five firefighters were still hospitalized late Friday morning while recovering from fire-related injuries, NBC 7/39 reported.

A total of 22 firefighters have been hurt in the battle to stop the firestorms in San Diego County. Five remain hospitalized in the UCSD Burn Center. All are being treated for severe lung damage and burns. Doctors at the Burn Center said two are in critical condition on life support. The other three are in fair condition.

As of Friday morning, 13 people hurt in the fires remained hospitalized at the UCSD Burn Center with serious burns and lung injuries. Doctors at the center said their conditions range from fair to serious. Two are also on life support. One male firefighter was well enough to go home Thursday afternoon.

Other hospitals report treating more than 300 people for smoke related injuries.

The fires have killed at seven people, including a couple found in their burned home near Poway, and four presumed immigrants found Thursday near Barrett Junction in the East County.

One of the injured civilians was 15-year-old Richard Varshock, whose father, Thomas, died trying to save him from the Harris Fire near Tecate on Sunday, fire officials said.

Richard remained in critical condition at the UCSD Burn Unit with burns over 60 percent of his body as well as lung problems, family members said.

Four of the firefighters at UCSD Burn Center were injured trying to save the father and son.