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Woman who died in Burbank house fire is identified

October 21, 2013|By Alene Tchekmedyian

The woman who died in a house fire in Burbank over the weekend was identified Monday as 69-year-old Irmhild Marcaccio.

Firefighters who responded to the house fire around 9:20 p.m. Saturday arrived to find it fully engulfed.

Witnesses said a relative re-entered the house in the 900 block of North Evergreen in a desperate attempt to save Marcaccio before firefighters arrived, but to no avail, KTLA-TV reported.

“She just ran back in … and she came out,” said Tessa Chandler, a next-door neighbor. “By the time the firefighters got here she was like, ‘Why haven’t they gotten her out? Why haven’t they gotten her out?’”

Marcaccio’s son and daughter-in-law were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the Burbank Leader.

Marcaccio died from smoke inhalation, Burbank police said. 

Animal control officers were also called in, reportedly for a dead dog.

The blaze, which was extinguished within 20 minutes, destroyed the house.

Although fire officials had not officially determined the cause of the blaze, neighbors said the house had no electricity and that its residents used candles for light.

“I wish something, somewhere along the line, there could have been a prevention,” Chandler said.

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alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com

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Alene Tchekmedyian is a Times Community News staff writer.

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