Fatal house fire in San Luis Obispo
February 12, 2011
Two firefighters searched the home which was engulfed in flames while additional fire crews fought the blaze. One firefighter was treated at a local hospital for second degree burns.
“We risked our own lives to go in and search for this victim,” said Matthew Lipson, fire captain. “The firefighter that pulled the victim from the home received second degree burns to his ears and was transported to the hospital.”
Paramedics from the San Luis Obispo City Fire Department and San Luis Ambulance Service initiated advanced life support techniques at the scene on the homeowner. The man was transported to Sierra Vista Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.
Firefighters arrived at the home at approximately 10:46 p.m. to find the home engulfed in flames. It took firefighters about 15 minutes to put out the blaze.
“It is very fast for a fire engulfed like this one,” Lipson said. “We had a lot of resources available and we have fire stations strategically placed so we can knock out fires quickly.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation. The home appears to be a total loss.