Firefighters rescue man trapped in Mendota house fire

The Fresno BeeFebruary 10, 2014 

A Mendota man was airlifted to a Fresno area hospital after being trapped in a residential fire Monday night, Fresno County Cal Fire spokesman Capt. Ryan Michaels said.

The first 911 call requested medical aid at a home in the 700 block of Juanita Street. When the ambulance arrived, the call was upgraded to a fire.

When firefighters arrived just after 7 p.m., there was heavy smoke and flames coming from the home. People were screaming that there was still someone trapped inside, Michaels said.

Firefighters were able to rescue the man. There were no other injuries.

At least 70% of the house had serious damage, Michaels said.

Four men and one woman lived at the home. They will stay with friends and family.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation as of 9 p.m. Monday, and Michaels said crews were still on scene tending to hot spots and salvaging. There were no working smoke detectors in the home, he said.

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