Firefighters outside the home in Chula Vista. Courtesy OnScene.TV

Two children were killed and their father suffered severe burns early Thursday morning when a blaze tore through a Chula Vista home.

The fire was reported about 12:25 a.m. at a two-story house on Coralwood Court, off Sandalwood Drive and Bonita Road just southwest of Interstate 805, according to Chula Vista Fire Department Capt. Linda D’Orsi.

Firefighters arrived within five minutes and found the home engulfed in flames, D’Orsi said.

A mom, dad and their two children were inside the home when the fire sparked, but the children could not escape the fire and were pronounced dead at the scene, the captain said. The children’s ages were not immediately available.

Crews knocked down the flames within 40 minutes, D’Orsi said.

The father, whose age was not immediately available, was taken to a hospital for treatment of severe burns, D’Orsi said. The mother was uninjured.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Updated at 8:25 a.m., Thursday, May 6, 2021

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