Two People and Dog Die in Walnut Creek Fire

According to the Contra Costa Fire Protection District, two people and a small dog have unfortunately died in a fire at a Countrywood townhome .

At around 7:40am, the Fire Protection District shared on its Twitter page that the 2 alarm fire had been reported and that they were responding. The account shared photos of the fire consuming a small townhome in the Walnut Creek area.

Shortly after arrival, the fire was reportedly extinguished. Unfortunately, though, the fire resulted in two fatalities.

“Townhouse 2 alarm fire on Countrywood, WC has resulted in two fatalities, a third victim escaped and treated at scene,” the department said on its Twitter page.

Later, the department shared that an “Elderly female & adult son on 2nd floor died in blaze as did a small dog.”

Initially, the blaze was under investigation, but it was quickly determined to be accidental.

“This am’s Countrywood Ct. fire was accidental. Area of origin a 1st floor bed with prelim ignition source believed to be smoking materials. An oxygen machine contributed to rapid fire spread,” the department said.

Our condolences go out to the families of the victims.

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Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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