One Killed in CA Residential Fire

One person was killed and another injured in a residential fire early Thursday in Aptos, California.

It took about 15 minutes for firefighters to find the victim, a male, in a back bedroom on the second floor of the smoke-filled, two-story house, according to a Santa Cruz Sentinel report (

A woman also suffered minor injuries and smoke inhalation and was being treated at an area hospital. Firefighters also were able to resuscitate a dog found not breathing at the top of a stairway

The house had three smoke detectors, but two were without batteries and the third did not appear to be working.

Firefighters contained the fire to an empty bedroom.

Aptos is a community in Santa Cruz, California, with fire protection provided by the Aptos-La Selva Fire Protection District.

Read additional details about the fire at

For more infomation on search and rescue priorities at house fires, RESIDENTIAL SEARCH AND RESCUE: Methodology, RESIDENTIAL SEARCH AND RESCUE:reordering priorities, and Residential Search and Rescue Carries and Drags.

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