The elderly woman who died Wednesday morning when her home in Citrus Heights caught fire has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office as 89-year-old Mona Nash.
The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said Wednesday that the blaze broke out about 4:45 a.m. near the furnace of Nash’s house in the 7200 block of Sunrise Boulevard, but investigators were unable to determine the exact cause. Nash was found in a bedroom, along with her cat and her dog, both dead.
It was the second fatal house fire in the Sacramento area this week. Two young children were killed Tuesday morning in an incident in the Meadowview neighborhood that remains under investigation.
Officials cautioned that house fires increase in December, often because of unattended candles, poorly operating home heating systems and toppled space heaters.