Son tries in vain to save mother in Vanc. fire

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by KGW.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on January 10, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 13 at 10:20 AM

VANCOUVER – A woman died when a home went up in flames in Vancouver Friday morning. The woman's son tried to break into the home with an ax to save his mother, neighbors told KGW.

The fire broke out around 10 a.m. in the 15200 block of Northeast 74th Street. Dozens of firefighters responded to the home after a second alarm was called. Huge plumes of black smoke could be seen from miles away.

Donna Franchino, 58, had returned home after having surgery.

The fire reportedly started in the kitchen and got out of control.

Danielle Ward lives across the street and took video of the home as it went up in flames. She watched as Franchino's son tried in vain to rescue his mother.

"He had an ax. He was trying to get her out. He kept saying she was in the back of the house," Ward said.

"He grabbed an ax because she was banging on the window and he took the ax and broke the window but couldn't get to her. By that time, the fire department was coming up," said family friend Robert Alvardo.

Rescuers pulled Franchino from the home and attempted CPR but she died at the scene, neighbors told KGW. The fire marshall's office was investigating the cause of the fire

A neighbor shared with KGW this video of the flames shooting from the house:

 

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