An investigation was underway Sunday into a house fire in Burbank that left an elderly woman dead, authorities said.
Firefighters responded about 9:20 p.m. Saturday night to a home in the 900 block of North Evergreen Street, where witnesses said a relative re-entered the house in a desperate attempt to save the woman.
“She just ran back in … and she came out,” said Tessa Chandler, a next-door neighbor. “By the time the firefighters got here she was like, ‘Why haven’t they gotten her out? Why haven’t they gotten her out?'”
Firefighters were seen removing the victim from the house on a stretcher and placing her into an ambulance.
The woman died after succumbing to smoke inhalation, police said. She was identified by neighbors as Irmhild Marcaccio, who was in her 70s.
The blaze was extinguished within 20 minutes, fire officials said. The house was a total loss.
Although fire officials had not officially determined the cause of the blaze, neighbors said the house had no electricity and that its residents used candles for light.
“I wish something, somewhere along the line, there could have been a prevention,” Chandler said.