One of two people rushed to the hospital from a burning Sacramento home on Wednesday died within an hour of being pulled from the blaze.
Manuel Mejia, 85, and another unidentified person were taken to UC Davis Medical Center with burns suffered in the house fire Wednesday afternoon in Sacramento’s College Greens/Glenbrook area.
The fire in the 2700 block of Wissemann Drive near Belmar Street was reported about 4:15 p.m. Mejia was pronounced dead at 4:53 p.m.
Fire crews arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from Mejia’s single-family home. During a preliminary search of the residence, firefighters found Mejia and the other person and then pulled them out of the house.
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Sacramento Fire Department spokesman Roberto Padilla said the cause of the fire is under investigation. Early indications are that no working smoke alarms were present in the home.
A fire doubles in size every minute, Padilla said, so it is important that residents make sure their homes are equipped with working smoke alarms and that they have a home evacuation plan.
Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.