90-Year-Old Woman Dies Following 2-Alarm House Fire
YORBA LINDA (CBSLA.com) — A Yorba Linda woman died after firefighters Tuesday extinguished a two-alarm fire at an Orange County home.
Katheryn Carras,90, reportedly died at about 11:30 on Tuesday morning after being taken to the hospital in serious condition.
The fire was reported just before 10 a.m. in the 21000 block of Todd Avenue in Yorba Linda, the Orange County Fire Authority said.
A 56-year-old man was outside the home when he noticed smoke and flames.
He tried to rush inside to rescue his 90-year-old mother, Katheryn. However, was driven back due to the fire, officials said.
Two deputies responding to the scene also attempted to rescue the woman, but were unsuccessful.
They were transported to a local hospital for smoke inhalation and later released.
One deputy, Robert Miranda, was captured on a police dashboard camera, attempting to gain access to the house via the roof.
“I knew she was upstairs somewhere, but this is a 2,500 square-foot house,” Miranda said. “I didn’t know what room (she was in), so I got my baton out, and started breaking windows to see if I could hear anybody, or see a hand come out, anything like that. But as soon as I broke the window, I got blasted by a big gush of heat and smoke at the same time.”
Fire crews at the scene were later able to rescue the woman on the scene, who was taken to Western Medical Center in serious condition.
“I think there was just a panic among all of us trying to get to her, and find her in the house, and they couldn’t find her right away,” neighbor Mimi Mosman said.
Her son was also hospitalized with moderate injuries, officials said.
The fire was extinguished by 10:20 a.m.
The cause was under investigation by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
(©2014 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)