CALIFORNIA (KDKA) — An 87-year-old woman died in a house fire in California, Washington County, Monday evening.
Captain John Mosher from the California Fire Department says a neighbor and a police officer tried to get inside the home to reach the woman, but the flames and heat were too intense.
The neighbor was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
Captain Mosher says the fire appears to have been concentrated in the living room, where the woman’s body was found.
KDKA’s David Highfield reports:
Washington County Coroner Tim Warco could not release the victim’s name because not all of her family had been notified by late Monday. Warco says she lived with her son who was not at home at the time of the fire.
“Obviously, there was extensive fire within the structure and it appears that she was trying to make her way out. Unfortunately, [she] was unable to do that,” said Warco. “I found her on the floor, and that’s at times an indication that they’re trying to make their way from the house to escape, and obviously the smoke.”
Neighbors say the woman had eight or nine children.
The State Police Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.
KDKA’s Bob Allen has the latest update: