Rescuer Dies

Southern California authorities say a man who came to the rescue of people in the burning mobile home was found dead in the wreckage. Cal Fire says arriving firefighters found four occupants had been evacuated from the mobile home but the rescuer perished.

HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) — Authorities said a Southern California man who came to the rescue of people in a burning mo­bile home was found dead in the wreckage, and his family is calling him a hero.

The blaze erupted early Saturday morning in the Highland area of San Ber­nardino County, ac­cord­ing to the state’s De­part­ment of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Arriving firefighters found four people had been evacuated from the mo­bile home, but the rescuer died, Cal Fire said in a statement.

The body was found in the debris after the flames were put out, the county coroner’s office said.

The coroner’s office did not immediately identify the victim, but family mem­bers told KTLA-TV he was 25-year-old Albert Madrid.

His sister, Melissa En­ri­quez, said her brother chose to go in and help, and she hopes he is re­mem­bered for that.

“He was only 25 years old, but he was the bravest man I have ever known,” Madrid’s father, Robert Madrid, wrote in a eulogy on a memorial website. “I am so proud of my son, my hero.”

A fund has been es­tab­lished online to aid Madrid’s family.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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