A man was found dead inside a Santee mobile home that caught fire early Saturday.
Deputies and firefighters tried to rescue the man in the home, but they couldn't reach him in time.
The Santee Fire Department was called to the mobile home park on Mission Gorge Road, just off State Route 52 at about 1 a.m.
A San Diego County sheriff's deputy arrived soon after the fire started. That deputy tried to go in and rescue the man who was inside, but the smoke was just too thick.
When fire crews arrived, they went into rescue mode immediately. Firefighters eventually made their way inside and found the body of a man described as 73 years old.
It's believed the man lived in the mobile home by himself.
An investigation has been launched into what caused the fire.
No other information was available.
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