SANTEE, Calif. -- A man was killed in a Santee mobile home fire before rescuers could reach him early Saturday morning.
Fire crews were called to the Meadowbrook mobile home park just after 1 a.m. “When crews were en-route we could see smoke showing, so we knew we had an active fire,” Battalion Chief John Sengebusch told FOX 5.
Firefighters arrived to find a San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy trying to make his way into the home to save a man.
“The sheriff’s deputy came up to our first crew and told them right away that someone was inside. So that crew immediately went into rescue mode and went in,” Sengebusch explained. "They made their way inside, but the smoke was down to the floor and they just couldn’t make contact with him and find him where he was.”
Crews eventually recovered the body of a 73-year-old man who died in the fire. Officials did not release any further information but confirmed he was the only person inside.
Now the medical examiner will determine the man's identity and exact cause of death while investigators try to figure out what caused the deadly blaze.
“We’ve got San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Bomb and Arson Unit here and they’re going to be investigating for us and trying to figure out what the cause and origin was,” said Sengebusch.