Firefighters responded to 435 Beverly Place around 1 a.m. for smoke that was coming from a wooden garage on the property, according to Division Chief Dave Bramell of the Tracy Fire Department.
Within 10 minutes of arriving, firefighters extinguished the flames using two engine companies and a ladder truck, he said.
The victim was allegedly burned while trying to put-out the fire before crews could arrive, Bramell said.
Sgt. Ryan Knight, of the Tracy Police Department, said the man was found on “an adjacent property.”
Knight said Tuesday that the victim was flown by medical helicopter to an undisclosed hospital.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to Bramell.
He said it appeared that people may have been squatting in the building and possibly using fire as a heat or light source.
According to Ana Contreras, Tracy code enforcement manager, police officers were called to the same address on Friday, May 3, for two alleged trespassers.
Police Sgt. Tony Sheneman confirmed on Tuesday that the burn victim was of the men who were living on the property.
Contreras said the men were given two hours to gather their belongings and vacate the building.
“Without utilities, it’s deemed a substandard structure, and living in a garage is not an allowable use,” she said.
A vacant order was posted on Friday, however Knight said that no criminal charges will be filed.
Code enforcement has ordered the property owner to demolish the structure, according to Contreras.
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