LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Authorities Saturday knocked down a fire at the $1 million Wilshire Park home of former Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo.

Investigators say the early morning blaze started in a lower-level office of the two-story home on S. Windsor Boulevard. Authorities said a knock down was declared at 3:08 a.m.

Delgadillo, his wife, two sons and a friend of one of the boy’s who was sleeping over, all made it out safely. Several were taken to area hospitals as a precaution.

Delgadillo told CBS2’s Joy Benedict that a smoke alarm woke him and he alerted his wife who sprung into action.

“My wife was extraordinarily courageous and was able to round up the boys and get them out,” Delgadillo said. “I’m just happy for the fact that they are fine.”

Benedict reports that Delgadillo attempted to put the fire out with a garden hose but it moved too quickly, spreading to the second floor.

Witnesses also told Benedict that Delgadillo went back inside to get his dogs who are now in the care of a neighbor.

Benedict reports that the home suffered major damage but is not a total loss.

Degadillo told Benedict that the fire was a reminder to people to check their smoke detectors. “Make sure your batteries are in your smoke detectors and put them everywhere. I do believe they saved our lives.”

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

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