Seriously injured woman dies day after Escondido house fire, bringing death toll to 2

A woman who was seriously injured in a house fire died on Wednesday, a day after she was trapped inside a burning Escondido home with a man who was also fatally injured, said fire officials.

Details about the woman and her death were not immediately available, but Escondido Fire Department spokesman Jeff Murdock confirmed late Wednesday that she had died.

The other victim, a man, died Tuesday evening shortly after a fire broke out around 5:10 p.m. at the West 11th Avenue home near South Orange Street, Murdock said.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and flames as they fought the blaze and went inside when witnesses told them two people could be trapped, Murdock said on Tuesday.

Firefighters searching for the trapped residents were “hindered by a large accumulation of belongings” but eventually found the woman and pulled her out of the house, Escondido Fire Battalion Chief Britt Matthews wrote. in a press release. A few minutes later, firefighters found a man inside the house and got him out.

Both had suffered severe burns and smoke inhalation injuries, Murdock said. Paramedics took them to Palomar Medical Center, where the man died on Tuesday evening and the woman was hospitalized overnight in critical condition before succumbing to her injuries on Wednesday.

The county medical examiner’s office did not release the names of the victims Wednesday. NBC7, citing family members, reported that the victims were a married couple in the 80s. Public records showed that an octogenarian couple had lived in the house for more than 45 years.

Escondido police detectives and fire department investigators were investigating the cause of the fire, Matthews wrote Tuesday. It was unclear Wednesday night whether investigators had identified what started the fire.

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