ANAHEIM, Calif. - Neighbors were stunned Monday after a longtime resident was killed and a man was hospitalized with burn injuries when a fire ripped through an Anaheim home overnight.
Officials with the Anaheim Fire Department said they received a call around 1 a.m. Monday regarding a single-family home with heavy fire in the 2700 block of Verde Avenue, located near the intersection of East South and South Rio Vista streets.
While Southern California was drenched by heavy rain over the weekend, officials said rain wasn't falling at the time of the fire.
Firefighters were able to knock down the flames within a half hour, Anaheim Police Sgt. Shane Carringer said.
Authorities said a woman was pronounced dead at the scene and a man was taken to UCI Medical Center. The names of the victims have not been released, but neighbors told FOX 11 they were a mother and her adult son.
Neighbors in the close-knit community also told FOX 11 off-camera that they were heartbroken.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and the home appears to be a total loss.