Kings County house fire kills 1, injures 2 others

The Fresno BeeFebruary 3, 2014 

A 57-year-old man was killed and two women were seriously injured after an early morning fire on Sunday in Hanford, the Kings County Fire Department said.

When firefighters arrived at the home on Heath Street near Libbie Lane about 2 a.m., one bedroom was fully engulfed in flames with heavy smoke spreading throughout the house, battalion chief Rick Smith said. A man who escaped the fire was outside the home and told fire crews three people remained inside.

Firefighters pulled three people out from the house. Two of them -- a 66-year-old woman and a 31-year-old woman -- were taken to Adventist Medical Center and later transferred to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, where both are listed in critical condition.

The third person, a 57-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

No evidence of arson was discovered and the cause of the fire is believed to be accidental. The damage was estimated at $50,000.

The home had smoke detectors, but it is unclear whether the smoke detectors were working during the fire.

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