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