SAN DIEGO — Flames ripped through a home Sunday morning while a family was inside, killing one person and sending three to the hospital, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department said.
It happened at around 4:30 a.m. on Clay Avenue in Logan Heights.
“My heart just dropped when I saw the flames,” neighbor Jaime Felix told FOX 5. “As soon as I went outside all I see is everything surrounded, and then I see a whole bunch of people just gathered up right here. Then I saw the house on fire and I’m just like … I didn’t know what to think.”
When firefighters arrived on scene, the home was engulfed in flames. There were reports of four victims trapped inside.
“Due to the intense fire conditions it took a while to get the victims out,” said Battalion Chief Steve Salaz of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
One person was confirmed dead at the scene. Three other victims were transported to UC San Diego Regional Burn Center for treatment of their injuries. Crews could be seen performing CPR on the victims as they were pulled from the flames.
“The family’s always been good and respectful,” Felix said. “Everybody around the neighborhood knows them. They’re just very kind and generous.”
A young adult was detained at the scene.
The Metro Arson Strike Team was conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire.