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Firefighters Rescue Man Hanging from Window of Burning Apartment

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    Firefighters Rescue Man Hanging from Window of Burning Apt

    NBC 7's Elena Gomez tells the story of the team effort it took to save the man's life. (Published Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018)

    A man hanging out of the second-story window of his burning apartment in Talmadge had to be rescued by firefighters Thursday.

    San Diego Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Dave Seneviratne told NBC 7 the fire started in an upstairs unit at a veteran housing complex on the 4200 block of Estrella Avenue just before 5 p.m.

    Fire crews arrived to find a man hanging out of a second-story window trying to escape the fire. Firefighters put up a latter and were able to get him to safety, Seneviratne said.

    The victim suffered smoke inhalation injuries.

    A Good Samaritan who sprayed the flames with a fire extinguisher also suffered smoke inhalation injuries and another person was cut.

    Property manager Pamela Perry told NBC 7 the man who was rescued is an Army veteran. Perry the victim's unit is uninhabitable, so she'll be working to make sure the victim has a place to stay when he gets out of the hospital.

    SDFD investigators responded to the scene and are still trying to determine the cause of the fire.

    No other information was available.

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