A house fire killed a 1-year-old girl, her father and her grandfather in the Sunset District early Friday and left neighbors describing a horrific scene where firefighters’ attempts to enter the fire – as the baby’s mother looked on – were stalled by metal security gates on the home’s doors and garage, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
The fire started about 1:30 a.m. on the second-floor of the multiple-unit residential building. The victims were identified as Chloe Tse, her father, Raymond Tse, 33, and her grandfather Kin Fat Tse, 61.
Sandi Jarquin, who lives half a block away, said sirens and smoke awakened neighbors who rushed into the street and watched as firefighters – who arrived from a station less than two blocks away – cut their way through the security gates. The firefighters said Tse’s wife, who had escaped the fire, told them her family remained trapped.
Raymond Tse was found dead in the garage. He was sleeping there because he was ill and didn’t want to sicken his family, authorities said. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but firefighters said it appeared to have started in the garage.
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