Woman dies in SLO house fire
January 19, 2012
A San Luis Obispo woman has died in a Wednesday evening fire at her home on Al Hill Street.
Firefighters arrived about 7 p.m. to find flames and heavy smoke billowing from the house. Neighbors told firefighters they suspected an elderly woman was still in the home.
Fire personnel entered the burning single-family home with hose lines, battling the fire while searching for the reported victim. They found the resident, carried her outside, and initiated emergency life support with CPR.
An ambulance transported the woman to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, where she succumbed to her injuries.
Dispatchers sent 22 San Luis Obispo firefighters, approximately 20 firefighters from Cal Fire/SLO County, San Luis Ambulance personnel and SLO Police department personnel to help battle the fire and secure the scene.
The home was heavily damaged by smoke and fire with an estimated loss of $200,000. No other structures were damaged. Fire investigators have determined that the cause of the fire was accidental, the result of an unattended stove in the kitchen.
The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of her family.