Fire Crews Investigating Deadly Apartment Fire in South Sacramento

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SOUTH SACRAMENTO — Firefighters are looking into what started a fire that killed one man and displaced four others early Thursday morning.

The fire started around 2:30 a.m. at a complex located on 53rd Street near Fruitridge Road in South Sacramento.

The flames took over so fast, neighbors said there was no time to think.

“My friend got the water hose and just kept trying to start putting the fire out,” neighbor Anhelica Santoio said.

There was only time for action.

“I punched the window through I didn’t know what else to do,” neighbor Tracy Franklin said.

Neighbors went into the fourplex apartment alongside two Sacramento sheriff’s deputies, who arrived before fire crews, to save an elderly woman from the fire.

That mood changed quickly when firefighters arrived.

“About 10 minutes into the incident after we got most of the fire knocked down in each unit we got reports of a deceased male in one of the units,” Sac Fire Captain Keith Wade said.

The 27-year-old man lived in the apartment where the fire started. It’s unclear why he was not able to get out.

Firefighters told FOX40 he lived with his stepfather, who escaped the fire.

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