OAKLAND (CBS SF) — An 86-year-old man in a wheelchair was killed and his wife was injured in a fire at their home in East Oakland early Monday morning, fire officials said.
The fire was reported at the single-story home in the 1500 block of 48th Avenue at 12:43 a.m. Monday, according to Oakland fire spokesman Michael Hunt.READ MORE: Analysis: Newsom Landslide Provides Little Reassurance for Democrats in 2022
Firefighters who responded to the house first found the woman covered in soot on the house’s front step and then found the 86-year-old man inside, Hunt said.
The man and woman were taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead and she was treated for smoke inhalation, according to Hunt.READ MORE: Firefighters Working to Save Giant Sequoias Forced to Flee Advancing Flames
Firefighters also were able to rescue a pet in the home.
Investigators believe the fire started in the house’s basement but haven’t yet determined the cause, according to Hunt. The fire caused an estimated $150,000 in damage.
At this point investigators also believe the fire started accidentally, Hunt said.MORE NEWS: San Mateo Deputies Arrest Man Suspected in Stabbing Attack With Wood Stake
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