PITTSBURG — Three women were killed Sunday when an early-morning fire burned a house without working smoke detectors, Contra Costa County authorities said.
Fire officials said crews responded to the two-alarm house fire around 12:30 a.m. in Pittsburg, about 40 miles east of San Francisco.
Firefighters put out the blaze within 30 minutes, but they couldn't save the three victims, who were apparently trying to escape the flames, authorities told the Contra Costa Times.
Their identities have not been released, but neighbors said they are believed to be sisters in their 60s and 70s.
One woman was found in a back bedroom, and the two others were in the kitchen. Firefighters carried them out and tried unsuccessfully to revive them, said Fire Marshal Lewis Broschard of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.