Elderly Woman, Cat, and Dog Perish in Citrus Heights House Fire

Sacramento County, CA – Shortly before 5:00 AM this morning, Metro Fire crews were dispatched for a field fire at the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and McLin Way in Citrus Heights. First arriving crews found a multi-level house on the 7200 block of Sunrise Boulevard, well-involved with fire. With flames on all levels throughout the house, firefighters were forced to attack the fire from the outside.

Though the intense fire severely damaged the house, collapsing parts of the roof and stairs, while burning through floor joists, firefighters were able to keep it from spreading to overhanging trees and a nearby outbuilding. As soon as the fire was knocked down enough to enter the home, an aggressive search for victims began. Because of the weakened structure, crews laddered upstairs windows and climbed into rooms to search. With initial reports of an elderly couple living in the home, once one victim was found, concerns for a second victim rose significantly. After searching for nearly two hours, crews concluded there were no additional victims. One adult female had perished in a bedroom, along with her cat and dog.

Two fire investigators responded to the scene and determined the fire started near the lower level furnace; they were unable to rule out the furnace itself as the cause of the fire. The house was completely destroyed, with damage estimated at $300,000.

Our hearts go out to the family of the woman who lost her life this morning. Please take a few extra steps to lower the risk of fire hurting your family or destroying your home: test your smoke alarms, keep space heaters at least three feet from anything combustible, use flameless candles when possible, and always dispose of your fireplace ashes in a metal container.

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