Firefighters putting out a garage blaze in eastern San Diego County discovered a body in the ashes afterward.
Police say 67-year-old James Hanovic had climbed out a window to escape the flames. The two officers used a nearby ladder to rescue Hanovic and give him oxygen until firefighters arrived.
Hanovic was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where he was treated for heart and respiratory problems. A woman inside the home was also taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Authorities were investigating the fire.