SUNNYVALE -- A woman died in a late Wednesday night fire at a Sunnyvale mobile home community, but a police officer saved a man from the burning home.
The first police officer who arrived at the blaze pulled the man to safety as flames rose from the two-bedroom house in the Plaza del Ray complex ¿on Vienna Drive, Capt. Dave Verbrugge said Thursday.
Verbrugge said a man saw smoke coming out of the structure about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. The man banged on the door in an effort to rouse the residents, but when no one answered, he called 911.
The first officer to arrived saw the house on fire and the front door open, according to Verbrugge. He looked inside and saw the front room filled with smoke and could make out someone walking. The officer called for the person to come out, but there was no response. He went inside and pulled a man out, Verbrugge said.
Firefighters soon arrived and began to fight the fire and also look for others inside. They found the woman dead in a back bedroom.
Michael Driver, a neighbor, said the woman had lived there for about eight months and was known to smoke in her room. Driver said a man walking his dog was the first to spot the fire and was the one who banged on the door.
Fire investigators were at the home Thursday morning to try to determine a cause of the fire.
Contact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869. Follow him on Twitter.com/markmgomez.