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Woman, man die in separate home fires in Seal Beach, Westminster

A woman and man died in two separate fires, both of which originated near cooking equipment in their respective homes in Westminster and Seal Beach late Sunday and early Monday, fire officials said Tuesday, March 30.

The first fatal fire happened on the 9700 block of Bolsa Avenue in Westminster Sunday at about 11:21 p.m., Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Sean Doran said. Responding firefighters encountered flames devouring a mobile home, and found one person suffering from burns.

She was a 63-year-old woman who was pronounced dead at Orange Coast Medical Center at about 12:25 a.m., Monday, Orange County Coroner’s officials said in a news release. Her identity was not immediately released.

Another three people were also taken to a hospital and examined, Doran said. Updates regarding any injuries they might have suffered were not available Tuesday.

The fire in Westminster was extinguished at about 11:54 p.m. Sunday, Doran said. Authorities determined that it was caused by unattended cooking.

Another fire broke out later in Westminster. Crews were summoned at 1:51 a.m. Monday to a house on the 1500 block of Northwood Road. They arrived minutes later, and saw plumes pouring out of the building’s attic.

An elderly man was taken from the home to Los Alamitos Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 3:29 a.m. Monday, coroner’s officials said. He was identified as Dennis Mulvihill, 83, of Seal Beach.

Officials traced the origin point of the fire that killed him to an electric stove, Doran said. The exact cause of the blaze remained under investigation Tuesday.

Doran reminded people to be mindful of any hot surfaces or open flames in their homes. He recommended setting a timer or some sort of alarm if people leave something simmering in the kitchen.

Source: Orange County Register

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