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Fire rips through 2 units at Grande Circle apartments

15A1-Fairfield Fire

Fairfield firefighters battle a 4-alarm blaze at Grande Vista Apartments on the 1900 block of Grande Circle, Saturday evening. The fire affected two apartment units.

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From page A1 | June 15, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — A fire in an apartment complex sent residents outside Saturday, as flames tore through two units, sending black smoke into the sky.

The blaze was initially reported about 7:30 p.m., and by about 8 p.m. emergency crews had already blocked off East Tabor Avenue from Cormorant Drive along the length of the complex known as Grande Vista. A few dozen firefighers were at the scene, battling the blaze, which was still smoking about 8:30 p.m.

Toward the back of the complex, smoke was rising from the rooftop above a pair of units located in the southeastern corner of the apartment building. Shattered windows framed a black, scorched interior of the residences as flames worked their way through the roof.

Fire Chief Tony Velasquez said the 4-alarm fire affected two apartment units and managed to spread through the attic.

The sky was visible where a roof once covered the second-floor unit.

Resident Latrell McCockran, 14, was in a nearby unit when he and his friend noticed the smoke. At first they thought it was a barbecue, he said. Then his friend said it was a fire.

McCockran ran downstairs, got a fire extinguisher and broke the window of the burning apartment before going inside.

“Flames and stuff started falling,” he said.

McCockran said he saw a man with his hair already burned, slowly walking through the residence.

“I pulled a guy out of a burning house,” McCockran said.

After the teen helped the man escape, McCockran went back for the man’s dog. He said he was able to rescue that dog and some other dogs, too.

“There were big, red flames and starched smoke in the kitchen and bathroom,” he said.

The teen also knocked on other neighbor’s doors, moving with a mission.

“Just save people and get up out of there,” he said.

Velasquez said there were initial reports of possible injuries, but no one ended up being hurt.

“Everyone is accounted for,” he said.

Reach Adrienne Harris at 427-6956 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aharrisdr.

This version corrects the spelling of Latrell McCockran’s first name and his age.

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.
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  • CD BrooksJune 15, 2014 - 6:15 am

    We've a hero in our midst! Great effort by the young Mr. McCockran.

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  • CD BrooksJune 15, 2014 - 6:23 am

    OF COURSE I was moderated, I used his name. C'mon DR! A hero in our midst! Great effort by this young man! :)

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  • Mr. SmithJune 15, 2014 - 9:24 am

    CD: They moderated you for repeating the hero's name? That is hilarious!

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  • JagJune 15, 2014 - 11:36 am

    Maybe the hero is wanted by the FFPD so he does not want his name out there,

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  • CD BrooksJune 15, 2014 - 1:12 pm

    Mr. Smith, it was a feel good comment and when I looked at his name I thought oh boy, I knew it could be trouble because of those c**k fighting stories awhile back and the DR leaves nothing to chance. But the message is out there and good for him!

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  • GemmaJune 15, 2014 - 7:06 am

    I think the HERO deserved a shout out. Perhaps he could have been in the title, since HE was the most important part of the story! How many lives, dogs included, were saved because of the teenager in this story? I hope residents, friends and his parents congratulated him, and told him what a brave and meaningful thing he did. It's quite rude to act like he didn't do anything extraordinary. Good job to him!

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  • LisaJune 15, 2014 - 8:09 am

    Would love to know more about McCockran and details on rescue. We are posting this article on our Pits R Us All Breed and Rescue face book page to honar this young man for his horoic effects :) -Lisa

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  • 2realJune 15, 2014 - 8:49 am

    A person trying to save lives instead of take them in grande circle? Thats different.

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  • just sayin'June 15, 2014 - 9:06 am

    What or Who started the fire? How many apts are deemed unlivable and where are those people now? Is there a running tally on the number of 911 calls from this high density housing project?

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  • P.J.June 15, 2014 - 9:20 am

    Channel 13 Sacramento News at 10 p.m. made the fire their opening story. They did talk to Latrelle was featured for a few minutes on the news last night. More than two apartments are unlivable due to water and smoke damage. How long did the D.R. stick around for the news about this? Think we'll hear more! Congratulations Latrelle.......great job! '

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  • Mr. SmithJune 15, 2014 - 9:30 am

    P.J.: If you were a DR reporter, how long would YOU hang out there at Grande Circle after dark?

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  • Catherine MoyJune 15, 2014 - 9:31 am

    I will be honoring the young hero at a council meeting. His family needs assistance. If you feel like you'd like to donate some money for a grocery gift card, please let me know. I am doing other things specifically for him. He has struggled in life and should be a person other troubled teens can look up to. Please contact me at: [email protected], or 480-8837 if you can help. Thank you and have a blessed Fathers Day. Catherine Moy Councilwoman

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  • BSJune 15, 2014 - 10:08 am

    I was listening on the scanner. Fire Dept called for police due to a angry subject running around with a gun. The young man is a hero but honestly wish the whole place burned down

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  • Chloe LJune 15, 2014 - 10:13 am

    The lovely Grande Circle....A close knit community of architectually superior multi family dwellings. With lush landscaping throughout, and dotted with sparkling pools, it's surely a place where families grow and thrive...

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  • S KJune 15, 2014 - 10:21 am

    Congrats Kid. Finally a GOOD story about a GOOD person, in that complex/neighbor hood!!!

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  • Ulises GuberJune 15, 2014 - 10:23 am

    so how did the fire start , was someone smoking crack again oh those silly druggies ...

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  • Joseph D. JoyceJune 15, 2014 - 2:51 pm

    It's sad to see so many downplay this young mans heroic, selfless efforts. If every citizen, adults included acted in such a way, and just do what's right. Fairfield would be a better place! Fox 40 news did an awesome story. you can see it on the Facebook page: I'm From Fairfield Too!

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  • Susie Q.June 16, 2014 - 4:34 pm

    BRAVO, LaTrelle!! :-)

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