SFFD Still Not Sure What Caused Sunset Fire That Killed Three

A third family member who died in a two-alarm fire at a home in San Francisco’s Sunset neighborhood early Friday morning has been identified by the medical examiner’s office as 61-year-old Kin Fat Tse.

The blaze, reported around 1:30 a.m. Friday at 1986 18th Ave., also killed 1-year-old Chloe Tse and her 33-year-old father Raymond Tse.

Kin Fat Tse was Chloe’s grandfather, fire officials said.

Firefighters responding to the blaze initially found Raymond Tse downstairs in full cardiac arrest. Crews then went upstairs and found Chloe in a bathroom, fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

Both were taken to a hospital, where they died.

The grandfather was also taken to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries hours later.
The child’s mother was treated for moderate smoke inhalation, Talmadge said.

The fire was extinguished at 2:01 a.m. and was determined to be accidental in nature. Talmadge said the exact cause had not yet been determined but that an electrical problem or smoking materials may have sparked the blaze.

The fire caused an estimated $225,000 in damage to the home and $75,000 in damage to its contents, she said.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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