VISTA (CBS 8) - More than a dozen people are without a place to call home after a fire ripped through a residential hotel in Vista.
An elderly man and woman, were trapped on the second floor of the burning building, screaming for help, when firefighters arrived.
Flames broke out around 4 p.m. Saturday at the Rancho Vista Hotel on South Santa Fe Avenue.
Heather and Manny Anderson found themselves trapped on the second floor of the burning building. The smoke and flames were so intense that breathing became almost impossible.
Firefighters used ladders to rescue the couple. The hotel's 13 other occupants, including a 13-month-old, made it out on their own without injury.
Fire officials say the fire started on the second floor, which suffered the most severe damage.
Residents were allowed to briefly re-enter the hotel to gather up their belongings.
And while the Red Cross was on hand to provide those displaced with food and shelter for the next night or two, their future beyond that is not certain.
The owners of the hotel tell News 8 they were insured but at this point do not know if the building will be salvageable.