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Woman dies in El Cajon apartment fire

Posted at 12:26 PM, Oct 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-31 15:26:32-04

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) -- A fire at an El Cajon apartment building early Thursday morning left an elderly woman dead.

Heartland Fire & Rescue Department officials said the blaze erupted at around 12:30 a.m. at an apartment complex in the 1500 block of Gustavo Street.

Responding firefighters arrived to find the first floor of a two-story apartment unit “well involved” with fire, officials said.

It took crews about five minutes to knock the fire down, but firefighters soon discovered an elderly woman unconscious near a back door of the apartment unit.

After CPR was performed, the woman was rushed to the hospital, where she died from her injuries. The victim’s name was not released.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fire officials said the blaze caused an estimated $100,000 in damage.