Authorities ID Antioch fire victims

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 1:56am

A married couple is dead after a fire in Antioch tore through a mobile home Tuesday evening.

As fire crews responded to the blaze, which was reported shortly after 7 p.m., neighbors tried in vain to rescue the two inside the mobile home at Waikiki Boulevard (originally reported as 23 Diamondhead Court).

Authorities have tentatively identified the two as Lindel Payton, 66 and his wife, Marie Payton, 63.

The first engines on the scene found heavy smoke and flames, said Deputy Chief Ricky Taylor. Some fire personnel worked to contained the fire while others entered the home in a rescue attempt.

Firemen quickly located one victim, Taylor said, but it took several minutes to locate the other. Both were dead at the scene.

Taylor said while the investigation is still in the early stages, both the fire and police departments are jointly investigating the cause of the fire. He said the fire “practically destroyed” the mobile home down to its frame.

Late Tuesday night investigators were working to eliminate alternate heat sources or cooking as possible causes of the fire. Foul play is not suspected.

No other nearby units were damaged, but a fire captain was bruised when an aerosol can from the kitchen hit him as he entered the mobile home. He was treated at the scene.      


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4 Comments on this post:

By: iTiSi on 1/26/11 at 11:20

The writer of this article is adding insult to injury(death) by using the word "trailer" rather than mobile home several times. Another possible use is "manufactured home". A "trailer" is something one would use to pull a boat or car with. This is a very condescending attitude for someone in the news media to do this. I do not personally live in one, but many do who can afford no better, and I know they do not like this term. Why put them down when two have been killed?

By: bfra on 1/26/11 at 2:30

iTiSi - Do you have a problem reading "English"? Where was "trailer" used instead of "mobile home"?

By: TITAN1 on 1/26/11 at 3:10

bfra, I believe the writer may have changed it after reading iTiSi's post.

By: TITAN1 on 1/26/11 at 3:12

BTW, iTiSi had already posted when I read the story, I just figured that is what happened.