A house fire that claimed the life of a 69-year-old woman and injured two others Saturday night grew to a deadly strength very quickly, according to a neighbor.
The woman, identified by Los Angeles County coroner’s officials as Irmhild Marcaccio, died at the hospital of smoke inhalation.
Two others, her son and daughter-in-law, were hospitalized with minor burn injuries. An animal control officer was also reportedly called for a dead dog.
Just after 9 p.m. on Saturday, Burbank resident Rena McCann heard a loud bang coming from her next-door neighbor’s house and ran outside.
Her neighbor’s house – located in the 900 block of Evergreen Street – was fully engulfed in flames, and inside, Marcaccio could be heard screaming for help, McCann said.
McCann dialed 911 while her husband quickly turned on their garden hose and aimed it over the wall separating their home from their neighbor’s.