A house fire near Placerville claimed the lives of two women Friday morning.
Camino dispatch received a report of a house fire at 1680 Rose Lane, near Mosquito Road, at 5:46 a.m., El Dorado County Fire Chief Mike Hardy said. The report noted there could be two victims.
An engine from Placerville arrived five minutes later to find the house about 80 percent involved. A caretaker, who lived on the property — the 54-acre Ass-Pen donkey ranch — noted that the two people who lived at that address were unaccounted for.
Crews began an internal attack and search of the house. The two missing women were found on a bed in a back bedroom. They were taken outside, but both were declared deceased and no resuscitation efforts were made.
The fire took about 45 minutes to contain, Hardy said. The house was a complete loss. Late Friday morning, crews were still on scene, mopping up and overhauling to the sounds of donkeys braying.
A joint investigation is in progress with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, Hardy said. The Arson Task Force was activated as part of standard procedure for fires that result in death. The Sheriff’s Office confirmed that detectives responded at 9:24 a.m.
El Dorado County Fire, Diamond Springs Fire and Cal Fire responded to the call.
One of the victims was identified as 62-year-old Carolyn Hague, a resident of the house destroyed in the fire, according to an El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office update on March 8. Investigators are still working on positively identifying the other victim that firefighters found in the residence. The cause of their deaths and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Update: A press release from EDSO revealed the cause of death of the two victims was not the fire itself. It was gunshot wounds. See the updated article here for more.