US news: Five people were killed and another was wounded in a fire in a boarded-up home in east-central Fresno, California.
The injured was transported to Community Regional Medical Center. The person remains in critical condition. The fire occurred at 1441 N. Archie Ave., near McKinley and Cedar avenues, and was reported at 6:44 a.m., according to Modesto Bee.
While four of the victims were declared dead by emergency medical personnel on the scene, two were taken to the hospital. One of them died there. Three of the four died were identified by the Fresno County Coroner’s Office: Irene Hinojos, 36, and Monique Amaral, 28, who died at the scene, and Anthony Zavala, 37, who died at the hospital.
The house in question was abandoned for a long time. Fresno fire spokesman, Pete Martinez, said most of the doors and windows of the house had been boarded up. The victims were discovered in one of the bedrooms, where it seems they were trying to smash a window to evacuate.
According to ABC News, the cause of death of the victims has not been made clear, though it looked like they died from smoke inhalation.
Juan Castillo Jr., Zavala’s cousin, said the home was used by people going through personal issues. “They do have homes,” Castillo said. “Some of us just have hard times and don’t know how to deal with it. I just pray for the families and the victims and everybody on the streets. They don’t need to be out here.”
While the latest fire was the fourth to have occurred this year, it was the only one where more than one person died.