Victim of Deadly Walnut Creek House Fire Identified - NBC Bay Area

Victim of Deadly Walnut Creek House Fire Identified



    One Dead After Fire Rips Through Walnut Creek Home

    One person is dead after a two-alarm blaze roared through a Walnut Creek home Friday night. NBC Bay Area's Jean Elle reports from the scene of the deadly fire. (Published Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014)

    A resident who perished in a 2-alarm house fire in unincorporated Walnut Creek on Friday night has been identified as 62-year-old Charles MacDonald, a sheriff's spokesman said today.

    MacDonald died in the fire at his home at 190 Hilltop Crescent, according to Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jimmy Lee.

    Fire crews and sheriff's deputies were called to reports of a fire at the home around 9:38 p.m., Lee said. Smoke could be seen from Interstate 680.

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    The first deputy who arrived on scene attempted to locate any residents inside but was unsuccessful due to extensive flames and smoke, according to the spokesman.

    MacDonald was reported to be trapped upstairs, Contra Costa County firefighters said. There was heavy smoke and flames coming from the second floor at about 9:45 p.m. and a second alarm was requested, firefighters said. Half of the home was on fire.

    Firefighters found MacDonald inside the home after extinguishing the blaze. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    The sheriff's office and the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District are jointly investigating the death.

    An autopsy will be performed on Monday, Lee said.