The Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson Unit is investigating a deadly apartment fire in Imperial Beach. It happened on Sunday, Jan. 9, just before 5:30 a.m. A woman called 9-1-1 to report a fire in an apartment building in the 500 block of 7th Street. 

When firefighters with the Imperial Beach Fire Department arrived, they found one of the units on the second floor fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters pulled a man out of the unit and provided CPR. Despite lifesaving efforts on scene, the man in his 80s did not survive. 

The Medical Examiner’s Office will identify the body, as well as determine cause and manner of death once the family has been notified. 

While the investigation is still ongoing and things may later change, the Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson Unit Detectives say they do not believe this is a criminal act. There is nothing suspicious about the fire at this time. What exactly started the fire remains under investigation. 

The Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson Unit is a regional resource that investigates fires resulting in serious injuries or death. 

The American Red Cross is assisting ten people with shelter.

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