OAKLAND -- A woman killed Saturday morning in a fire at her East Oakland home was identified by the coroner's office Monday as Shirley Garrett, 79.

Officials said Garrett lived alone in the house in the 2500 block of Parker Avenue but had children who checked on her daily. Her husband died within the last year, officials said.

The fire erupted in the home about 2:50 a.m. Saturday

Responding firefighters found Garrett unconscious in a hallway in the burning house and brought her outside, Battalion Fire Chief Erik Logan said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Firefighters had the fire under control by 3:15 a.m. There were no other reported injuries.

The fire apparently began in a bedroom and officials have not ruled out the possibility it was started accidentally by a smoldering cigarette.

Two of the four bedrooms in the home were heavily damaged as were other parts of the house. Damage was estimated at $150,000.



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