Woman Rescued from Apartment Fire in Golden Hill

By Brandi Powell and R. Stickney
|  Monday, Oct 22, 2012  |  Updated 7:00 AM PDT
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Woman Injured in Golden Hill House Fire. NBC 7's Brandi Powell reports.

Woman Injured in Golden Hill House Fire. NBC 7's Brandi Powell reports.

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Neighbors say firefighters were heroes for saving a woman from her burning apartment in Golden Hill Monday.

Firefighters and police tell NBC 7 San Diego they had to literally drag a woman out of a two-story, four-unit apartment complex on 26th Street at Broadway.

Neighbor James Zimmerman said he smelled smoke and when he opened his door, he saw flames coming from the window of a nearby apartment.

“It wasn’t a huge fire, it was just flames coming out of the window,” said Zimmerman. “Obviously serious but the whole house was not on fire.”

The fire began shortly after 3 a.m. in the back bedroom of one unit. Damage was confined to the 700- square foot unit according to Capt. Todd Bechtel.

One resident was found in the front room of her apartment and transported to a nearby hospital. Bechtel said saving people is what firefighters are trained to do.

"Feels good, that's what we do," Bechtel said. "We're here first and foremost for rescue of people." 

Despite a number of plants, fences, security doors, trash cans and parked cars, firefighters were able to get a straight line to the front door of the complex.

Crews had a quick knock down of the fire, Bechtel said, and while the fire was contained to the lower unit, there may be some damage to the units above.

No word on the cause of the fire.
 

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