A wheelchair-bound woman killed in a one-alarm house fire in
Hayward early Friday morning has been identified as 75-year-old Carol Flores,
an Alameda County coroner's deputy said today.
Flores was inside the home in the 24800 block of Townsend Avenue
along with her niece and niece's husband when the fire broke out a short time
before 1 a.m. Friday, according to Hayward fire Capt. Don Nichelson.
Related article: Elderly, Wheelchair-Bound Woman Dies in Hayward House Fire The husband and wife discovered the fire in a bedroom and tried
unsuccessfully to douse the flames before evacuating, the fire captain said.
Fire crews arriving on the scene were able to bring Flores out of
the house and attempted to resuscitate her. However, she was pronounced dead
at the scene.
Flores' nephew-in-law was taken to a hospital with chest pains and
his wife was uninjured.
Two pet cats and two birds also perished in the fire, while
several other birds kept in the home's backyard survived, according to
Crews had the fire under control by 1:10 a.m., he said.
The fire captain said the blaze appears to have been caused by an
electrical malfunction and started near an outlet where several items were