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Citizen Rescues Man Trapped in Burning Home

At approximately 7:43 a.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2015, Rancho Cucamonga firefighters responded to a reported structure fire in the 10300 block of Lemon Ave. in Rancho Cucamonga.

The residential alarm monitoring company notified the 9-1-1 dispatch center of the fire and informed them the resident was trapped in a back bedroom.  Upon arrival, firefighters found a single story home with an active fire burning in the back of the house, but the resident had already been helped to safety.  Firefighters quickly contained the fire to the bedroom and had it knocked down just 15 minutes from receiving the call.

A citizen out for a morning walk, saw the smoke and went to the front door to alert the resident.  Fortunately, the resident was able to communicate with the passerby who was then able to make entry to the home and pull the resident to safety.  The resident sustained smoke inhalation injuries and was transported to a local hospital. 

No additional injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.  Although the fire was contained to the bedroom, the rest of the home sustained considerable smoke damage.  Almost two dozen firefighters responded to the call on five engines and two truck companies.