The two men killed in a San Bernardino house fire early Monday were a father and son, neighbors told KTLA.
The blaze at the 3,000-square foot, single-story Tudor-style home in the 3600 block of North Arrowhead Avenue was reported around 2:15 a.m., the San Bernardino County Fire Department said.
Crews arrived to flames erupting from the roof and windows, the agency added. More flames and heavy smoke were coming from the back of the residence, agency spokesperson Chris Prater told KTLA.
Neighbors alerted the firefighters that the home's residents were still inside, prompting them to switch from attack mode to rescue mode.
According to the Fire Department, personnel found one of the men dead near the front door and the other victim unconscious in a back bedroom.
Firefighters managed to rescue the man in the bedroom before the roof collapsed, the agency said. That person was taken to a hospital, where he died of his injuries.
Crews were able to contain the flames in less than hour, preventing it from spreading to an adjacent house, the Fire Department said. Power lines fell down during the incident, the agency added.
“Firefighters were dealing with high heat and zero visibility,” Prater said.
A total of 38 personnel responded to the fire.
The Coroner's Office said it has not notified next of kin and only identified the victims as men ages 76 and 45. Neighbors told KTLA they were a father and son.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation, Prater said, but there was no initial indication that the incident was suspicious.
The Fire Department said the blaze completely destroyed the home, and that investigators have not determined whether or not there were working smoke detectors inside.
The agency reminded residents to have two routes of escape planned in case of a fire.