73-year-old woman killed in RV fire in Morro Bay is identified

newsroom@thetribunenews.comJanuary 7, 2013 

UPDATE 3:09 p.m. Tuesday: The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office has identified the woman who died in Monday's RV fire as Karen Moreland, 73, of Morro Bay. The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and there are no indications of foul play at this time, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

UPDATE 9:35 a.m. Tuesday: Cal Fire officials have confirmed that a 73-year-old woman died in a recreational vehicle fire Monday evening in Morro Bay. The woman's identity was not released.

The fire started at 6:35 p.m. in the Rancho Colina Mobile Home Park in a recreational vehicle that was evidently being used a permanent residence. Bystanders used garden hoses to begin fighting the fire. A dog and a cat escaped unharmed, but the woman died of her injuries.

Investigators determined the fire started in the kitchen. Two smoke alarms were not functioning due to a lack of batteries. Initial reports of a second occupant of the vehicle were not confirmed, Cal Fire dispatchers say.

Two fire engines and seven firefighters were dispatched to fight the fire.

Original story: One person was dead after a fire broke out Monday night in a recreational vehicle at a Morro Bay mobile home park, a Calfire dispatcher said.

Dispatcher Eryn Tsudama said Calfire personnel went to a fire at Rancho Colina Mobile Home Park, 1045 Atascadero Road, about 6:35 p.m.

Calfire personnel performed CPR on one person at the park for some time before the person was pronounced dead. A second resident was unaccounted for, Tsudama said, but no other injuries were reported. 

No information on the victim’s identity was available. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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