California Citrus Heights, CA - As flames tore through a Citrus Heights elder care home late the night of Nov. 26, two elderly women could not escape their beds, one of them blocked by rails and another trapped by a locked wheelchair, according to an investigation by the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District. In all, the fire killed three women. On Wednesday, Metro Fire arson investigators arrested the care home's two owners and two staff members on charges of involuntary manslaughter. Metro Fire spokesman Capt. Jeff Lynch said investigators worked months with state Department of Social Services officials, determining that the care home had violated a state law when it placed the restraints in the residents' way.
October 25, 2007