ESCONDIDO, Calif. — One man was killed and a woman is in critical condition after a second-alarm fire that spread throughout a home in the Escondido area, first responders said.
SkyFOX was over the location around 5:30 p.m. at 415 West 11th Avenue, where black smoke could be seen spewing from the home.
“I heard the snap, crackle and windows breaking and I’m like ‘What is that?’ I look over at this house and it’s literally engulfed in flames. The windows, the door, all I could see was flames,” neighbor Joaben Linares said.
Linares saw the couple’s home burning, yelling if anyone in the residence needed help.
“All I hear is ‘Yes, please help me,’” Linares said.
A man and woman were pulled from the house fire by first responders and taken to Palomar Medical Center, Escondido fire officials said. The man died from smoke inhalation and burns while the woman’s injuries were considered “critical.”
William Keeling, another neighbor, said the man who died was a pastor at a Catholic Church.
“I’m hurt, I’m very saddened by it,” Keeling said.
Neighbors say the victims were an elderly couple and the man was taking care of his sick wife.
“He was very dedicated to his wife. When she got sick, I didn’t see him anymore,” Keeling said.
There is no word at this time on where the fire started, according to firefighters.
Investigators are working to figure out what caused the fire.
FOX 5’s Liberty Zabala contributed to this story.