1 person is dead after an apartment fire in Merced

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The fire broke out just after 1 a.m. at the Brookdale Manor Apartments on Brookdale and G Street. A man was found in the parking lot near one of burning units and taken to the hospital where he later died.

Investigators say a woman in one of the upstairs units jumped to safety, but was taken to the hospital for injuries from the fall.

The fire destroyed three units, and damaged another 10. The Red Cross is on scene to help all the families now in need of a place to stay. Fire crews plan to be out here for several more hours while they investigate.
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