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Man killed in apartment fire in City Heights

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8/CNS) - A man found unconscious inside a burning apartment in City Heights died before he could be taken to a hospital, fire officials said Tuesday.
   
The victim, whose name was not immediately available, was found shortly before 11 p.m. as fire crews were working to extinguish a blaze in a lower
level unit in the rear of the two-story apartment building on Altadena Avenue near Sterling Court, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Lee Swanson said. He died while en route to Scripps Mercy Hospital.
   
Swanson said firefighters prevented the fire from spreading, although the apartment above the one in which the blaze broke out sustained minor damage and a third unit had light smoke damage. 

Crews had the blaze knocked down in about 15 minutes, but say their firefighters faced intense conditions.

"He described an environment that flashed over which means everything ignited at the same time with high heat and fire activity," San Diego Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Mike McBride said.

The American Red Cross was summoned to assist two men and two women with emergency lodging, Swanson said.
   
Fire officials estimated the damage caused by the fire at $250,000. The cause remained under investigation.

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