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Man killed when packed home in Rolando catches fire

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A fire of unknown origin gutted a Rolando-area home and left a man dead on Wednesday.

The blaze in the 4600 block of Revillo Way erupted for unknown reasons about at 6:30 a.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said she heard screams before firefighters arrived and came outside to help, but the heat was too intense to go inside the burning home. 

When crews arrived the home was fully engulfed in flames, SDFRD spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.

"The fire, we believe, started in the living room in the back of the house," said Battalion Chief Ty Shimoguchi. "The victim was found in the kitchen area. 

About 15 minutes later, crews pulled the man from the home and performed CPR on him as they loaded him into an ambulance.

He was pronounced dead at a hospital, San Diego Police Officer Billy Hernandez said.

Ignacio Trujillo says he and the victim, who News 8 is not naming because the medical examiner is still notifying next of kin, used to hang out.

Trujillo says the man was a former Marine who liked working on vehicles.

"He was a pretty good guy," he said. 

Investigators are still trying to figure out how the fire started, but they're not surprised intense heat and smoke quickly spread through the house. 

They stopped short of calling it a hoarding situation, but said the house was overly filled with personal items.

"Any time you have additional fuels, throughout anywhere, you're going to have that," said San Diego Fire Deputy Chief Kelly Zombro"It could be a wildland fire, could be timber, whatever it is when you have a lot of fuel it's going to burn hotter and longer and smokier." 

Fire fighters say the personal items did make it harder to quickly move through the house, which certainly slowed their ability to search the home and find the victim. But there's no way to know if that would have made a difference saving his life. 

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