Blaze and Confusion: Flames Tear Through Complex, Uncovering Hidden Dangers and Heroic Rescues cover

At approximately 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sacramento Metro Fire Department crews rushed to the scene of a blaze at an apartment complex on the 5200 block of Arden Way. Upon arrival, firefighters were met with flames protruding from the second-floor roof.

The situation was complicated by the discovery of a new roof built over the original, necessitating a second alarm for additional personnel, equipment, and chief officers to aid in the efforts. The configuration of the building, a “center hallway” style complex, posed additional challenges in terms of access, visibility, and hose maneuvering due to smoke accumulation in confined spaces.

Nearly 60 fire department personnel, including 9 fire engines and 5 fire trucks, worked diligently to contain the fire, which was further complicated by flames spreading between the old and new roofs. Chainsaws were used to open them up, and the fire was eventually extinguished.

One individual, found by the Maintenance Manager, was rescued from the burning unit and transported to the hospital with minor smoke inhalation symptoms. All other occupants were safely evacuated, but 33 apartment units have been displaced. Emergency aid is being coordinated with the Red Cross.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, with an investigator already on scene. Further details will be shared as they become available.

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