AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Firefighter Steve Toledo said that flames were as high as 80 feet when engines arrived ”The people were burned pretty bad,” he added. Neighbors took the injured family members in as they awaited paramedics, comforting them, and praying together. ”We said a prayer _ they’re a very Christian family,” said Deborah Mann, who lives across the street from the Ewarts, and who cared for Ewart’s parents. ”When we saw David we told him we prayed for his family, that everyone would be OK.” David Ewart was burned over 50 percent of his body, his shoulders, chest and back were blackened; son Michael was burned over 90 percent of his body and Hugh Ewart, reluctant to jump onto the play equipment, fell from the balcony and broke his nose. David and Michael were transferred taken to the Grossman Memorial Burn Center in Sherman Oaks at midday. Ewart’s mother, who neighbors affectionately call `Grandma,’ stayed by her husband as paramedics treated him. She Jonathan and Heather were transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, where the children were treated and released a short time later. Esther Ewart is expected to be released Wednesday. VALENCIA — Six family members were injured — three of them critically — in a pre-dawn house fire today in Valencia, the scene of a huge holiday party the night before. Neighbors said they awoke to screams from the Via Escobar home, and raced to help David Ewart, his elderly parents who were visiting and his three children. ”I heard screaming,” next door neighbhor Kim Altobello said. ”I was already awake getting ready for work and I just heard Heather screaming and screaming. I said, `Call 911!’ I didn’t know what was happening.” Ewart, 50; his children Michael, 15, Jonathan, 13, and Heather, 11; and his parents Hugh and Esther Ewart escaped through a second-story window and onto a balcony, using a treehouse ladder to get to the ground. ”Her hair was singed but she seemed OK,” Mann said. ”She held his hand, kept him covered with a blanket.” Ewart, an accomplished violinist who played with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, holds a large Christmas party every year. The family home was decked to the hilt for the holidays, yet Monday morning icicle lights hung sooty and dripping from the eaves, decorations sat among the family’s charred belongings. Mann said the party was legendary in the Valencia neighbhoorhood and that Ewart had pony rides for the children and a small petting zoo in his yard. As residents helped the Ewarts and evacuated others from homes in case the fire spread, next door neighbor Jon Delling, 20, used a garden hose to spray at flames shooting in the air. ”I heard screaming, I thought it was a dream,” Delling said. ”Then I woke up and it was real. We ran outside. People were running in the back yard making sure everyone was out of the house.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!