La Mesa……At approximately 6:45 p.m. Tuesday evening, Heartland Fire & Rescue units from La Mesa, with assistance from San Diego Fire, were dispatched to a multi-unit apartment complex in the 7300 block of La Mesita Place in La Mesa. Initial reports were of black smoke coming from underneath an apartment door with an elderly couple living at the residence. Fire crews arrived within 5 minutes to find a downstairs apartment unit with heavy black smoke with a fire in the living room.
Upon an initial search of the structure, firefighters discovered an elderly male in a back bedroom. The resident was conscious and breathing and was able to communicate with firefighters, but unable to walk due to a previous medical condition. Firefighters carried him out to an ambulance where he was transported to the hospital for evaluation.
Firefighters were able to contain the fire within 5 minutes. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Damage to the structure and contents is estimated at $100,000.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Sonny Saghera
Date: 2/20/2018 Public Information Officer
Time: 9:00 p.m. (619) 490-9897 – cell