Firefighters: Sprinkler system may have saved victim's life in apartment fire

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Firefighters are investigating an apartment fire in San Luis Obispo.

Firefighters say the fire started around 3:40 a.m. Monday at the Pine Creek complex.

According to firefighters, one person was rescued around 4:00 a.m. and taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

They say three other people in the apartment were fine.

San Luis Obispo police were the first to arrive at the apartment. They say there was so much smoke, they could barely see into the apartment.

"Without the sprinkler system, the fire could have gotten a lot bigger. The victim was directly in the area of the fire, and he would have been overtaken by the fire. It would have been a fatality," said Mike King, the acting Battalion Chief for the San Luis Obispo Fire Department.

Firefighters were able to put the fire out around the same time they rescued the victim, at about 4:00 a.m.

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