A Placerville man died early Christmas morning when his house went up in flames, according to authorities with the El Dorado County Fire District.
Firefighters arrived around 5 a.m. at the home in the 2800 block of Bryan Way in Placerville and found a fire well under way, said Battilion Chief Mike Pott. They were told one person remained trapped inside the house.
"They made entry into the house and the roof started caving in on them after being in there for a couple minutes and they had to pull out," Pott said.
An hour later, a 67-year-old man was found dead inside the house, Pott said.
He said the home did not have a working smoke alarm.
"If they had had one there is potential that we would have had earlier notification and we would have had a better outcome from this fire," Pott said.
Investigators believe the fire originated in the living room but have not determined the exact cause. Pott said the Christmas tree was not to blame.
"It's unfortunate that it's Christmas Day," Pott said. "We are saddened anytime somebody passes away but right around the holidays is tough."
View Larger Map
© Copyright The Sacramento Bee. All rights reserved.
Read more articles by Laurel Rosenhall
What You Should Know About Comments on Sacbee.com
Sacbee.com is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)
Here are some rules of the road:
Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "Report Abuse" link to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.
Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.
Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.
Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand.
Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.
Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.
Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.
Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.
Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their point of view. Please only flag comments that violate these guidelines.
You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "Report Abuse" link to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.
If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them.