86-year-old woman killed, 6 displaced following fire at San Mateo home

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Woman killed, 6 others displaced, in San Mateo house fire
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An 86-year-old woman has died and several have been displaced after a fire at a home in San Mateo early Tuesday morning, according to fire officials.

SAN MATEO, Calif. (KGO) -- An 86-year old-woman was killed in an early morning house fire in San Mateo.

Firefighters say it started just before 4:30 a.m. on South Humboldt Street near 2nd Avenue.

Neighbor Rolando Escobar described the flames: "Big, big. It was big. They started breaking down, putting water on it."

Firefighters went into rescue mode after initial knockdown of the flames at the front of the house, looking for a person inside a bedroom.

An 86-year-old woman was pulled out.

Firefighters did CPR, but could not resuscitate her. She died at the scene.

Six others, described as family members, have been displaced.

The Red Cross is helping them with food and housing.

Police and firefighters are investigating the cause. The coroner is also doing an investigation on the victim.