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Update: Victim Identified In Fatal Fire At Walnut Creek Home

Officials say Charles MacDonald, 62, died in the two-alarm blaze that heavily damaged a home on Hilltop Crescent on Friday evening

Fire vehicles surround a home on Hilltop Crescent in Walnut Creek where a man was killed in a fire Friday night
Fire vehicles surround a home on Hilltop Crescent in Walnut Creek where a man was killed in a fire Friday night
A 62-year-old man was killed in a two-alarm fire at a home in western Walnut Creek on Friday evening.

The victim was identified on Saturday morning by Contra Costa County coroner's officials as Charles MacDonald.

Contra Costa Sheriff's Sgt. Xavier Shabazz said the cause of the death won't be known until an autopsy is performed on Monday.

The Friday evening blaze erupted about 9:30 p.m. inside a two-story gray home on Hilltop Crescent.

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Prevention Capt. Robert Marshall said it took firefighters about a half-hour to extinguish the flames.

Marshall said the second floor of the home was "severely damaged."

On Saturday morning, Marshall said it would probably be several more days before investigators know exactly what caused the fire.

He said the blaze appears to have started in a bedroom on the second floor, but that hasn't been confirmed yet.

MacDonald's body was found on that second floor. Authorities said a Contra Costa Sheriff's deputy tried to reach the second floor during the fire, but the smoke and flames were too strong.

A woman who was inside the home when the fire started escaped without injury, said Marshall.

Tia Riebling, a former neighbor, said MacDonald and his wife, Annie, are loving, caring people who from time to time took in dogs as well as people who had no place else to live.

She said she's in shock over MacDonald's death.

"I'm beside myself," said Riebling. "I can't believe he's gone."

Mike January 11, 2014 at 06:32 PM
Chris, I'm sure you're trying to be helpful. Perhaps the office of the Fire Marshall would be a better venue for you to discuss your insights into this tragedy.
Trenton Gregory January 12, 2014 at 12:05 PM
Mike , Thanks for pointing out the focus in the passing of a kind and compassionate man your sensitivity is right on the mark.
Crowley January 13, 2014 at 01:17 PM
My condolences to the man's family and friends. I can't imagine enduring something so traumatic.
michelle February 08, 2014 at 06:05 PM
I think it might better be served to look in other directions than people that were taken into their home.. Charles Mac Donald, you are loved and will forever be missed, thank you for all the great memories!

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