Stepson sought in fatal mobile home blaze

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. — An investigation was under way Monday in Oceanside into a suspicious mobile home fire that killed a woman and seriously injured her husband and two dogs.

The fire in space No. 71 at 4660 North River Road was reported around 6:30 p.m. Sunday and took about 40 minutes to knock down, according to Oceanside fire Battalion Chief Felipe Rodriguez.

The woman’s stepson was missing and is considered a “person of interest,” said Rodriguez, who described the fire as “suspicious.”

“The husband said an adult stepson was still inside. Being that we never found him, he either was there and left or never was there,” Rodriguez said.

Upon arriving at the scene, crews found the woman’s injured husband outside the home and then found her body inside the residence, Rodriguez said.

“(She) appeared to have been trying to find refuge in her bathtub,” he said, adding she was approximately 60 years old.

Paramedics flew her husband to UCSD Medical Center to treat serious burn injuries, Rodriguez said.

Two dogs rescued from the fire were turned over to the local humane society, Rodriguez said, adding both dogs sustained burn injuries but were in stable condition.

“Damage to the home is estimated to be a complete loss and at $150,000,” he said, adding there was also some fire damage to a neighboring carport but firefighters kept the flames from other homes in the park.

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