An elderly woman who suffered serious burns when her Southcrest house caught fire has died.
The fire started Sunday afternoon in the woman's two-story home at 3974 Gamma Street in Southcrest.
“We saw the smoke, it was pretty high, we got scared actually,” neighbor George Liapis said.
“Like in the movies, the fire goes everywhere,” resident Catalina Vernal said.
The 93-year old owner tried to escape as flames spread through the 2-story home.
“I tried to see if I could do something for the lady who lives there but I couldn't, the fire was so hot,” neighbor Jose Morales said.
The woman managed to get to the backyard but sustained serious injuries.
“I see her in the cement on the back, burns all on her back," Vernal said
Firefighters worked to keep the flames from spreading and evacuated homes nearby.
Firefighters said the victim, who is in her late 80’s or early 90's, was taken to the UCSD Burn Center. She had 2nd and 3rd degree burns to her face, back, and hands, neighbors said.
She died Monday night from her injuries, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office. The ME reports she had burns over 35 percent of her body. Her name is being withheld until family is notified.
An elderly woman who suffered serious burns when her Southcrest house caught fire Sunday has died.