VICTORVILLE, Calif. (KTLA) — A sheriff’s deputy was credited with saving the lives of five people trapped in a burning apartment building Saturday morning.
The fire broke out around 2 a.m. in the 14200 block of Rodeo Drive.
Residents who were able to escape the flames alerted Deputy Arturo Ramirez of the people still inside one of the units, Sgt. Ken Lutz of the San Bernardino County sheriff’s Victorville station said.
Ramirez went into the smoke-filled apartment to find two women holding two small children, and he was able to safely escort them out, Lutz added.
The women told Ramirez a child was inside a back bedroom.
He ran back inside and rescued the young girl.
No one was seriously hurt.
Firefighters were able to control and extinguish the fire in under an hour.
The High Desert Chapter of the American Red Cross was called in to help eight families displaced by the fire.
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