A dispute between roommates in the Fletcher Hills area of San Diego led to a fire that left two people alive and one arrested.
The fire broke out at 7 in the morning. Immediately after 30 in the Chatham apartments in El Kakhon, 2700 Chatem St. The complex is located west of Fletcher Park in East Diego, San Diego.
Shawna Haligowski told NBC 7 that she was in her yard just before 8 a.m. when she noticed smoke coming from the apartment complex.
“I called 911 and ran there to let everyone know there was a fire,” he said.
Haligowski saw that two people were locked on the balcony because there were flames behind them.
“I was like. You have to jump, you have to jump. Please jump, ”because the flame was so close to his head. “It was so cold, it was so close to his head. They both took off their shirts and put them around their hair, but the fire brigade got there on time,” he said.
Heartland Fire & Rescue spokesman Sonny Sagera told NBC 7 that firefighters had rescued two floors from a third-floor unit. One person was slightly injured but did not want to go to the hospital. The second person was harmless. No one else was hurt.
Saghera said it took crew about 20 minutes to put out the blaze. In all, three units were damaged by water, fire or smoke, and a total of five residents were evacuated, assisted by the Red Cross.
Saghera told NBC 7 that the Sheriff’s Department bomb team is investigating.
The El Cajon Police Department later learned that two women lived in the area where the fire broke out. They both had an oral argument, then one of the roommates left, and when he returned, he found that his apartment was on fire.
The woman provided the potential suspect, and the other roommate was found in an apartment complex and arrested, the ECPD said. A roommate described as a 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of arson. Police say they have learned that the fire was extinguished on purpose.
The San Miguel Fire and Rescue Department outside the Spring Valley, as well as the Sant Fire Department, helped call the apartment complex on Sunday.
Here are some pictures from the scene of the fire that damaged three apartments in the Fletcher Hills complex on Sunday morning. Two people were rescued, five were displaced, but no one was injured.
Update posted on Instagram by San Miguel Fire & Rescue Department showed the photos of the apartment complex, with smoke coming from the upper floors. Officials said in a note that the crew was “doing a lot of rescue and capital repairs” on a part of the second floor that was badly damaged.
No other details were immediately reported.