Woman, 5 Cats Die After Hayward House Fire

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) - A fire official says "excess hoarding" hampered efforts to rescue a 77-year-old woman from a deadly house fire in Hayward.

The Alameda County Coroner's office said Lorraine Carvalho died Sunday afternoon after suffering second-degree burns.

Hayward assistant fire marshal Thor Poulsen said a man who spotted smoke coming from Carvalho's house tried to kick the front door to get to her, but he couldn't get through because of newspapers and other debris piled behind the door.

Firefighters had to remove the front door to get inside.

The Contra Costa Times reports (http://bit.ly/15qR6hJ) Carvalho was found face down in a pile of newspapers, animal feces and rubble. She suffered burns to her legs and arms.

Five cats died in the fire, and five more were found alive outside the house.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
KOLO-TV 4850 Ampere Drive Reno, NV 89502
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 191791301 - kolotv.com/a?a=191791301
Gray Television, Inc.