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Relatives identify Highland man who died saving neighbors from burning mobile home

A man rushed into a burning mobile home in Highland and rescued four people who were asleep inside, but he died as fire consumed the structure on Saturday, March 9.
Firefighters found the body of a 25-year-old man after extinguishing a blaze on the 7200 block of Sterling Avenue at about 1 a.m., according to Gabe Morales of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner Division. Investigators had not officially identified the man as of Monday evening, but Cal Fire San Bernardino officials said he helped evacuate residents from the fire.
Relatives said his name was Albert Madrid, and he was best friends with a resident of the mobile home that was destroyed. He had just moved into a residence in the same lot and was out for a late-night snack with his girlfriend at a Jack in the Box, 25699 E. Baseline St., when he saw flames and smoke coming from nearby, according to his sister, Moriah Madrid, 27. She said he dropped what he was doing and did not hesitate before entering the structure.
Firefighters found the body of one man amidst the debris of a mobile home that burned down on the 7200 block of Sterling Ave. in Highland early Saturday, March 9. Officials said he died after helping residents escape the blaze. (Photo courtesy of Cal Fire San Bernardino)
Relatives said Albert Madrid, 25, died while rescuing his neighbors from a mobile home that burned down in Highland early on the morning of Saturday, March 9. (Photo courtesy of the Madrid family)
Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Relatives said Albert Madrid, 25, of Highland, saved four people from a mobile home that burned down in Highland on Saturday March 9, but was unable to escape the blaze himself. Neighbors left candles and messages of thanks in his memory outside the remnants of the home. (Photo courtesy of the Madrid Family)
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“His friends meant the world to him, and there was no talking him out of anything,” she said. “He always had to be right, was so stubborn.”
She said her brother woke up a teen and his grandfather who were sleeping as their residence burned down, then carried two young girls out from another room. However, he was unable to escape the blaze himself, and his body was later found amidst the home’s ashes. His sister said he always carried a portable speaker with him, which was found melted on his waist.
Friends, relatives and neighbors called Madrid a hero while struggling to cope with the loss of their loved one. Moriah Madrid said she was angry and hurting in the wake of his death, but understood that her brother’s actions saved another family from a tragedy.
“I hope this tells people that there’s still hope for humanity,” she said. “There are still people out there who can and will do the right thing.”
She described Madrid as a compassionate person who made friends easily. He had just recently started a new job working at a warehouse, had a passion for music and dreamed of making it big as a rapper. His sister said he used to write music with a man who lived in a back room of the mobile home that burned down over the weekend. He would occasionally convince his siblings to perform as backup dancers while producing tracks.
His father has started a Gofundme campaign to cover the cost of his funeral . His mother began a second fundraising campaign to fund a memorial in his honor. Proceeds from both will go to Madrid’s family, according to his sister.
Authorities had not publicly suggested how the fire might have started as of Monday evening. Its cause was under investigation by Cal Fire and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

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