1 Dead After Fire Rips Through San Francisco Residence

One person died after a fire engulfed a residence in San Francisco early Sunday, according to a fire official.

The blaze, which broke out at 44 Molimo Dr., was reported just before 4:20 a.m., San Francisco Fire Department Lt. Jonathan Baxter said.

Neighbors quickly ran out to see if they could help calm the blaze but found 20 to 30-foot flames engulfing the structure for about ten minutes. 

"The whole front of the house had flames coming out the front," said Daniel Homsey, a member of the Miraloma Park Improvement Club. "People had fire hoses, trying to supress the fire and stop it from spreading to the homes nearby."

Responding fire personnel were met with "heavy fire blowing out of the front of the building" when they arrived, Baxter said.

Witnesses told officials the homeowner, who's now hospitalized, escaped from the rear of the house while a second person was killed trying to escape from the front of the home which was engulfed in flames.

The fire department and police have not released the identity of the man who was killed. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to Baxter.

Further information was not immediately available.

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