A Rolando man died in a fire that trapped him between his kitchen and garage Wednesday.
San Diego Fire-Rescue firefighters were called to a single-story home on Revillo Way around 6:30 a.m. A neighbor reported seeing smoke billowing from each side of the house, said SDFD spokesperson Monica Munoz.
An SDFD fire truck and two Heartland Fire trucks were sent to the house. Firefighters knocked down the front door and began working to extinguish the blaze, said Munoz. Fire officials said a security door and bars on the windows made accessing the flames difficult.
The fire spread from the back of the house in the living room and dining area, said Munoz. Firefighters found the man not breathing inside the doorway between the kitchen and the garage.
Crews pulled him out of the burning house and attempted life-saving measures, before transporting him to the UC San Diego Medical Center.
Just before 7 a.m., the fire was knocked down, and investigators were requested at the scene. San Diego police confirmed the man, described as in his 50s, has died from his injuries.
There were no other casualties in the blaze. Firefighters were able to keep the fire confined to the living room.
The neighborhood is two miles south of San Diego State University. No other houses were damaged in the fire.
One neighbor said a man who lived in the home has lived in the neighborhood his whole life and inherited the house from his parents.
An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire. Fire investigators estimated the damage at about $100,000 to the house's exterior and $50,000 to the interior.
No other information was immediately available.
Editorial Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the cause of death. The incident is still under investigation. We regret the error.