A man and woman were burned when their Monterey house caught fire early Saturday.
The man, who had second- and third-degree burns over about half his body, was airlifted to San Jose Regional Medical Center, said Monterey fire Division Chief Stewart Roth. The woman was taken by ambulance to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula with minor burns and smoke inhalation.
The fire at 842 Sloat Ave. was reported about 7:10 a.m. by a federal police officer at the Naval Postgraduate School across the street, Roth said. When firefighters arrived four minutes later, he said, flames were showing through the front windows in the single-family house and the occupants were "on the sidewalk, lying there screaming."
Medical personnel began treatment while firefighters quickly controlled the blaze and kept it from spreading to other houses and vehicles, Roth said.
The man was taken to Jacks Park, where he was airlifted to San Jose.
The house was severely damaged, Roth said.
At the height of the fire, 43 personnel responded from the Monterey, Seaside and Monterey County Regional fire departments, Monterey and NPS police, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., American Medical Response and CalStar.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.