1 dead, 1 critical after Richmond fire

January 26, 2009 10:11:52 AM PST
One of two women who were pulled from a burning home in Richmond Sunday night has died, according to the Contra Costa County coroner's office.

The coroner's office identified the victim today as Krystal Giles, a 22-year-old Richmond resident.

The one-alarm fire was reported at about 10 p.m. in a one-story triplex at 470 20th St. near Barrett Avenue, Richmond fire Chief Michael Banks said.

As firefighters arrived at the home, they could see flames in one of the units, Banks said.

Firefighters broke through a heavy door to reach the interior, where two young women were found unconscious and seriously injured, Banks said.

The victims were carried from the burning home to the street, where a medical team performed CPR, according to Banks. The two victims were transported to a hospital in critical condition, and Giles later died from her injuries.

The second victim was still in critical condition today at Kaiser Permanente's Richmond Medical Center, but she was breathing on her own, Banks said.

Firefighters managed to control the fire by about 10:20 p.m., but the apartment was destroyed. Damage was estimated to be about $200,000, Banks said.

Residents of the two attached units were not home at the time, Banks said.

The fire investigator remained at the home into the early morning hours working to determine the cause of the fire, which wasn't immediately available this morning, Banks said.