By Cynthia Hubert
A house fire that started in a converted garage in Loomis has killed an adult male and seriously injured a younger man, officials said late Monday.
They did not disclose the identity of the two victims, who lived together and may have been father and son. The older man perished, said Chief David Wheeler of the Loomis Fire Protection District.
The fire, reported by neighbors, apparently started at around 5 p.m., generating thick smoke that rendered the two victims unconscious, Wheeler said.
Fire and law enforcement personnel from seven agencies responded, with 11 engines and 35 people responding within minutes, he said.
Rescuers located one victim in the living room and the second in a bedroom, said Wheeler. Both were unconscious and received emergency treatment at the scene. They were transported to Sutter Roseville Hospital, where one of them died.
Wheeler said the victims suffered minor burns and severe smoke inhalation.
The cause of the fire is unknown but is "not suspicious," said Wheeler. "We're going to do a very thorough investigation on this," he said. Crews were expected to remain on the scene throughout the night.