BARSTOW — One person was transported to Barstow Community Hospital and reported to be in critical condition after suffering burn and smoke inhalation injuries in a fire Saturday morning.
Barstow Fire Protection District personnel responded to a fire at the Santa Fe Communities Mobile Home Park, located at 1525 West Main Street, at 10:05 a.m.
Interim chief Jamie Williams said firefighters received reports of the fire inside apartment K with two people trapped. Williams said one person was found trapped inside and was rescued by Capt. Nick DiNapoli and firefighter/paramedic Zachary Courtney.
“It appears a neighbor attempted to rescue the man that was trapped in but was overcome by the smoke, was unable to make the save and jumped out the window,” Williams said. “The man rescued was rendered CPR and transported to BCH and is listed in critical condition at this moment. Firefighters knocked down the fire and contained it the room of origin.”
Williams said Marine Corps Logistics Base Fire Department and Fort Irwin Fire Department responded through mutual aid and 14 firefighters worked on the blaze.
The cause of fire was under investigation, Williams said.
This is second significant residential blaze the Fire District has responded to this week. Firefighters responded to a fire in the 1100 block of Deseret Avenue on Jan. 2. Firefighters found three vehicles in the carport fully engulfed in flames.
The blaze "quickly and aggressively" spread into the first floor of the apartment and into the attic, forcing fire officials to issue a third alarm.
It took firefighters two hours to gain control of the fire and a total of seven hours to extinguish. Williams said firefighters escaped injury when a portion of the complex collapsed onto the carport where the fire started.
No injuries were reported and 16 people were displaced from their homes.
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