California Retirement Home Fire Claims Man

Aug. 16, 2008
Three others were injured, one with critical respiratory problems.

VALLEJO, Calif. --

One person is dead after an early-morning fire tore through a retirement home.

The four-alarm blaze began around 3:45 a.m. Friday at the Casa de Vallejo retirement home in the 1800 block of Sonoma Boulevard.

About 130 residents were evacuated, Vallejo Fire Chief Russ Sherman said.

An elderly man, who was trapped on the sixth floor, was killed in the fire. He has not yet been identified.

According to Sherman, he was a well-liked and well-respected businessman in Vallejo and was a veteran.

Three others were injured, one with critical respiratory problems. Two others suffered minor injuries.

Another person, who was previously thought to be missing, was out of town and not in the building during the fire.

A seventh-story penthouse and the sixth floor of the building were destroyed, and the entire roof of the sixth floor collapsed.

Ninety people were taken to the First Baptist Church, which is nearby. Others went home with friends and family members.

Crews were able to contain the fire before 7 a.m.

The historic building was once a hotel.

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