Bars on the home’s windows made the search for victims difficult, Sacramento Fire said
SACRAMENTO COUNTY, Calif. —
Two men have died and one woman is in critical condition after a house fire in north Sacramento Sunday morning, the Sacramento Fire Department said.
It happened near Presidio Street and Harris Avenue about 7:45 a.m.
Three people were pulled from the home and taken to local hospitals, authorities said. Two men died at the hospital, and one woman is still in the hospital in critical condition, according to the fire department.
Authorities said there were bars on the windows that made the ability for firefighters to search the home for victims “difficult.”
“We understand people put bars on their homes to keep themselves safe from crime but it also creates a hazard in the event of a fire,” Capt. Keith Wade told KCRA 3.
Two victims were removed from the home via the front door. Another victim was removed through a window.
Capt. Wade said bars on windows make those who are inside a structure trying to escape a fire “almost impossible.”
Roberto Montes lives next door and told KCRA 3 the bars were installed about a year ago after a male neighbor told him someone tried to get inside his home.
Investigators do not believe there was any criminal activity going on and arson is not suspected. The cause of the fire is under investigation.