Daily Press, Victorville, Calif.
Jun. 20—An elderly woman died after becoming trapped in a house fire in Barstow despite the efforts of firefighters who were able to pull her from the blaze.
The woman was only identified as being about 70 years old, according to a Barstow Fire Protection District report.
Emergency personnel responded to the fire in the 600 block of Colonial Drive shortly after 5 a.m. Friday.
“Upon arrival firefighters were met with heavy fire and smoke conditions and confirmed that they had a person trapped inside the residence,” the BFPD said.
Officials said crews made an “aggressive attack” and found the woman, who had been unable to escape, in a bedroom.
Firefighters pulled her outside where paramedics began life-saving measures, but she “succumbed to her injuries,” authorities said.
Firefighting crews contained the blaze in about 20 minutes.
According to the BFPD report, the cause of the fire was an unintentional cooking accident. The house sustained more than $100,000 worth of damage.
Authorities said both the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and Barstow Police Department are investigating the fire.
The BFPD responded to another fire in an occupied home only two days before the fatal fire broke out.
On Wednesday, firefighters received multiple reports of a structure “well engulfed” in the 300 block of North Third Avenue.
First responders were met with “heavy fire coming from the front door,” officials said. Crews gained control of the fire in about 15 minutes, according to the BFPD.
One resident escaped the house prior to the firefighters’ arrival. No injuries were reported.
The 1,000-square-foot house sustained $40,000 worth of major fire damage, authorities said.
Daily Press reporter Martin Estacio may be reached at 760-955-5358 or MEstacio@VVDailyPress.com. Follow him on Twitter @DP_mestacio.
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