Woman killed in San Mateo house fire identified

SAN MATEO, Calif. (KGO) -- Officials are investigating after a woman died inside a San Mateo home that caught on fire Friday morning.

Police have identified the victim as 70-year-old Sandra Caron.

Firefighters say this fire is suspicious.

Sadly, this isn't the first tragedy at this home.

"Crews on the first floor found one victim pulsless and not breathing in the rear of the building and they immediately brought her outside and initiated CPR outside of the structure," San Mateo Deputy Fire Chief Gary Hegwer said.

Firefighters say she was likely overwhelmed by the extreme heat and smoke inside the home.

Cellphone video of the 3-alarm fire was taken by a next door neighbor just before 5 a.m.

The Larsen family got up and out as fast as they could. "Our roof you could see it smoking and the flames were like, going pretty far to our house, so it was definitely scary and it was definitely something that was running through our minds at the time," neighbor Spencer Larsen said.

The home on Oak Street has a tragic history. Robert Caron, 35, lived there in 2011 when he was killed in a shootout with police.

Officers were looking for him after he flashed a gun and threatened employees at a nearby drug store.

His mother, Sandra spoke to ABC7 News at that time.

"It's definitely quite a tragedy. This is like the second tragedy at this house in a few years, so it's definitely a scary thought, for sure," Larsen said.
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