December 31, 2008

Blaze that left woman seriously injured ruled “suspicious,” while she and her husband were in bankruptcy and their house was in foreclosure

Police are being tight-lipped about their investigation into what caused the December 8 explosion near downtown Pleasanton that totally destroyed an East Angela Street house and left one of its residents, a 40-year-old mother of two sons with second- and third-degree burns.

The Pleasanton Weekly reports that police will only say that the fire, which they have labeled “suspicious,” was not caused by a natural gas explosion.

Meanwhile, the Weekly has uncovered documents showing that the woman, Deonna Zuffa, and her husband, Keith Zuffa, had sold their house for $75,000 in a foreclosure sale on September 30 to Marilyn and Richard Greenberg, or the Greenberg Trust. The 2,300-square-foot home, which was built in 1996, has a market value of $940,000, the Weekly says.

Three months early, on June 2, the Zuffas filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the Weekly says, citing records from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Oakland. “The case was dismissed on Oct. 30, but it is still considered an open matter and a future court date of Feb. 9, 2009 exists, a deputy court commissioner confirmed. A notice of trustee sale was issued for the home last May 2.”

The Weekly also said that police wouldn’t comment on the relationship the Zuffas had with the Greenbergs, the new owners of their home. Police also haven’t been in touch with Deona Zuffa, who was last listed in serious, but stable condition at the St. Francis Memorial Hospital burn center in San Francisco.

Firefighters’ rescue of Deona Zuffa from her burning home was caught on video by a Contra Costa Times photographer. She was the only one at home at the time the explosion and fire broke out that morning. The flames also spread to two other homes and displaced another family.

The Zuffas’ situation prompted an outpouring of support—financial and otherwise—by the Pleasanton Middle School community, where the younger of the Zuffa’s two sons was a student. The older son attends Amador Valley High School


Anonymous said...

I'm very sad for this woman's children. Of course, people wonder if she and her husband did anything improper. People really rallied to help the family and to wonder if the parents are true victims of tragedy or not is really hard to deal with.

Gertrude said...

I am also sad not just for the children but also for the woman who was seriously injured after the fire. And it's not really right to judge whether the parents are real victims or not, we don't know the real story actually.

In situations like these where a person is deeply injured, it will be hard for them to get back to work again to make a living for their family. But nowadays there are worker compensation program who will help the injured workers. Comp claims management will also help the employees with their finances and benefits while getting back to work.