2 die, 1 escapes early morning Walnut Creek townhouse fire


WALNUT CREEK – Two residents died and a third escaped early Monday as a two-alarm fire damaged three units at a townhouse complex in Walnut Creek.

Firefighters responded around 6:30 a.m. to a fire in a two-story townhouse at 1721 Countrywood Court near Treat Boulevard and Bancroft Road.

Arriving crews found at least one of the units heavily involved in the flames. One of the three people living in the unit told them that the other two residents were still inside on the second floor.

Less than two hours later, the fire was brought under control, but not before claiming the lives of two of the residents. A third victim escaped and was treated at the scene.

The identity of the two victims has not been disclosed pending notification of relatives. Authorities later confirmed that the victims were an elderly woman and her adult son. Officials also said a small dog died in the fire.

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Chris Bachman said the residents died inside the home.

The fire has been contained to three units and its cause is still under investigation. There was damage to townhouses on either side of the condo, but no other injuries were reported.

Authorities believe the fire started on the first floor of the unit and was accidental.

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