VIDEO: Elderly woman killed in San Mateo house fire, blaze deemed suspicious

SAN MATEO (KRON) — A 70-year-old woman was killed in a three-alarm house fire in San Mateo early Friday morning.

Firefighters responded to a report of a fire at 4:49 a.m. in the 1500 block of Oak Street, fire officials said.

Upon arrival, firefighters saw heavy fire and smoke coming through the roof of the two-story single family house.

Fire crews found an elderly woman in a bedroom on the first floor of the home.

The crew took the woman outside and started CPR. But the woman died.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire by 6 a.m. They then spent several hours extinguishing smoldering hot spots throughout the structure.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown and under investigation.

Police say the fire is suspicious.

Fire officials said in 2011 police allegedly exchanged gunfire with a resident of the home.

On Feb. 28, 2011, officers responded to the Borel Square Shopping Center because a person called to say someone allegedly had a gun, police said.

Witnesses said told police that the person with the gun appeared to be emotionally disturbed and was waving a gun at employees of a pharmacy.

Robert Caron fired at officers when they walked toward him. Then Caron fled to the backyard of his home where he exchanged shots with police.

San Mateo police Capt. Dave Norris said Caron died in the exchange.

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