Sunday, 04 December 2022

Elderly woman escapes Tuesday fire that destroys home, kills dogs

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LAKEPORT, Calif. – A 106-year-old woman escaped unharmed from her burning home Tuesday night thanks to a neighbor.

The fire, which broke out shortly after 7 p.m., occurred in a doublewide mobile home in space No. 18 at Sterling Shore Estates Mobile Home Park, located at 5830 Robin Hill Drive in Lakeport, according to Lakeport Fire Chief Ken Wells.

Wells said the woman was home alone that night – her family was away – when she noticed that in a corner of the residence flames were coming from a heating pad.

“The only thing she knew was to get low and start crawling out,” he said.

A neighbor came to the woman’s aid and helped her escape the structure, according to Wells. She was uninjured.

Two dogs did perish in the fire, he said.

Wells said two Lakeport Fire engines, assisted by an engine from Kelseyville Fire and an engine from Northshore Fire, responded, with a total of 19 personnel on scene.

The fire was contained shortly before 9 p.m., he said.

Wells said a Red Cross caseworker arrived at the scene and made the appropriate contacts to get the woman and her family emergency help and shelter.

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