Man suffers heart attack while running to get help for brush fire

Firefighters arriving to put out the fire saw the man collapse on the side of the highway and began CPR


David Hernandez
The San Diego Union-Tribune

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — A man suffered an apparent heart attack while running to flag down a neighbor after a small brush fire broke out along state Route 94 in Dulzura Sunday afternoon, Cal Fire officials said.

Firefighters saw the man collapse along the side of the highway when they arrived to put out the fire, which had been reported about 2 p.m. near Community Building Road, officials said.

A man suffered an apparent heart attack while running to get help for a brush fire on the side of a California highway.
A man suffered an apparent heart attack while running to get help for a brush fire on the side of a California highway. (Photo/CAL FIRE/San Diego County Fire Facebook)

"Apparently that gentlemen was running down one of the neighbors to try to put this fire out," Cal Fire Battalion Chief Cal Hendrie told OnScene TV.

Firefighters started CPR on the man before medics took him to a hospital in an ambulance, Hendrie and Cal Fire Capt. Issac Sanchez said. An update on the man's condition was not available.

The fire, which broke out amid hot and dry conditions, burned less than an acre. The cause was not immediately determined.

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