Video Report By Angelique Lizarde, Reporter - bio | email
SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Fire crews and paramedics worked to save a man's life after he was found inside a burning apartment complex in City Heights early Wednesday morning.
Fire crews report that flames broke out around 2:00 a.m. in the 4100 block of Marlborough Avenue. Six fire units were called to the scene, where they found that the fire had reportedly started in the closet located in the back of the bedroom.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames fairly quickly and got the victim, who was found on the floor, out of the apartment immediately. Fire crews and paramedics performed CPR on the man who was suffering from smoke inhalation.
"It could have been burning for a long time and did produce a lot of smoke. It took a little bit of time to find the actual fire, because of that smoke. That's pretty typical any structure fire we're going to go on is going to fill the street with smoke like what you smell today," said Battalion Chief Jeff Mitchell.
The man was rushed to the burn unit at the UCSD Medical Center. As of this report, his condition is not known.
During the fire, other tenants of the apartment complex were able to escape, and nearby residents were evacuated from their homes for a short time.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.