CITRUS HEIGHTS, Calif. (AP) — California authorities say a man allegedly tried to stab a firefighter who was trying to save him from a house fire near Sacramento.

The Sacramento Bee reports police previously responded Sunday to the home in Citrus Heights for a welfare check, but the man inside refused to talk to officers.

Police Sgt. Wesley Herman says after the blaze broke out, firefighters encountered the man in a hallway. Herman says the man tried to attack a firefighter with a knife.

The suspect was subdued and hospitalized for burns and smoke inhalation. He could face charges including assault with a deadly weapon.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com