2 ADULTS, 1 CHILD IDENTIFIED AS VICTIMS IN FATAL RAMONA HOUSE FIRE, ATF SAYS

Ch. 6 - January 16, 2024 9:07 am

The ATF says that two adults and a child died after investigators determined that an electrical issue sparked an accidental fire at a home in Ramona on Friday.(News 9-News on 6)

A Friday house fire in Ramona resulted in the deaths of two adults and a child under the age of 6, authorities say.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) determined an electrical issue caused the accidental fire.

Another child was also injured in the fire, their condition is unknown at this time.

Related Story: 3 Killed, 3 Hospitalized In Ramona House Fire; Investigation Underway

Officials said the fire was called in between 4 and 5 a.m. on Keeler Street in Ramona.

Firefighters said three people were killed and three others were hospitalized.

No names have been released, but an ATF rep confirmed the family is of Native American heritage.

Washington County Fire Chief Kary Cox said five fire departments responded to the call with 50 people fighting the flames.

Chief Cox said it took them nearly three hours to control the fire. He said the house was on a dead-end street and the nearest fire hydrant was several blocks away.

“With the temperatures this morning, a lot of difficulty with water supply, with trucks freezing, the ice on the scene so it made it pretty difficult for firefighters from the very beginning this morning,” said Cox.

Firefighters also rescued a therapy dog at the scene.

 

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