Woman burned in Escondido house fire dies from injuries

ESCONDIDO, Calif. - A woman who was severely burned in a house fire on Tuesday has died from her injuries, the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office reported Saturday.

The 76-year-old woman, who has yet to be identified, suffered smoke inhalation and burn injuries in the blaze that erupted in the 3000 block of Violet Glen in Escondido about 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday. The Medical Examiner's Office reported that her condition deteriorated and that she died Friday at 7:41 p.m. at UCSD Medical Center.

Neighbors told arriving emergency personnel on Tuesday that someone might be inside the burning two-story home, Battalion Chief John Tenger said.

Crews searched the home, found the woman and pulled her outside. Medics performed CPR at the scene before taking her to Palomar Medical Center. The woman was admitted in critical condition, Tenger said. The Medical Examiner's Office reported that she was later transferred to UCSD Medical Center.

Firefighters had the blaze contained in about 20 minutes.

The fire at the house near Kit Carson Park caused an estimated $306,000 worth of damage, authorities reported.

Investigators put the monetary losses at about $256,000 to the structure and $50,000 to contents.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation, Tenger said.

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