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1 person killed, another injured in O.C. apartment fire

November 20, 2012 | 10:16 pm

Approximate location of fire shown in red.

Orange County fire officials are investigating a blaze in an apartment Tuesday that left one person dead and a neighbor severely injured after attempting a rescue, authorities said.

Orange County Fire Authority firefighters were en route to the fire at a Tustin apartment shortly before 7 p.m. when they learned that a person was trapped on the residence's balcony, said Capt. Marc Stone of the fire authority.

Firefighters extinguished the fire in the second-story residence within 15 to 20 minutes, and found that the person inside had died, Stone said.

He did not release the age or gender of the victim. He said investigators have begun combing through the damage to make sure there are no others inside the apartment.

A 39-year-old neighbor was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for severe burn injuries, Stone said.

Stone said a number of residents at the complex in the 15000 block of Williams Street will be displaced because of fire and water damage.

An investigation with Tustin police is underway to find what ignited the blaze.

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Map: Approximate location of fire shown in red. Credit: Google Maps

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