Elderly Man Rescued from Burning House in Citrus Heights

Citrus Heights, CA – Just before 8:00 this morning, Metro Fire crews were dispatched to a duplex fire on the 6400 block of Tupelo Drive in Citrus Heights. While en route, crews received information that an elderly man was possibly trapped inside the home. First arriving crews reported smoke showing from the duplex, quickly forced entry, and began searching for the resident. They found the elderly man slumped over in his wheelchair, suffering from smoke inhalation, and quickly pulled him from the house. Paramedics began treating him on the front lawn, while preparing to transport him to the hospital.

Four fire engines, two trucks, two medics, one air unit and two battalion chiefs worked quickly to extinguish the fire. Their strategic fire attack saved the elderly man’s life, contained the fire to the unit of origin, and protected the other half of the duplex. Total damage is estimated at $75,000, with the cause of the fire electrical in nature. One firefighter sustained minor injuries during the rescue. Our thoughts go out to the man injured in this fire, with hopes for a speedy recovery.

Remember that smoke alarms do save lives. Make sure to test yours regularly and replace the batteries when you change your clocks.
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