By Rebecca Jefferis-Williamson and Miriam Raftery
April 10, 2018 (Santee) – A fire has scorched multiple apartments at Santee Villas in the 10400 block of Mast Boulevard across the street from Santana High School tonight, where a passerby told East County Magazine details of efforts to save residents and pets from the flames.
“I was riding down Mast Boulevard when I noticed black smoke coming from an apartment complex,” says Robert Johnson, a Santee resident. “I chucked my backpack and bike,” he says, adding that he followed the lead of others trying to assist. He says he “started busting windows and helping people out where I could.”