December 8, 2008

Dramatic Video of Woman Rescued From Suburban House Fire In Pleasanton

This one-minute video, shot by a Contra Costa Times photographer-turned-videographer, captures the immediate moments after 40-year-old Deonna Zuffa, 40, was pulled from her single-story home in a quiet neighborhood of Pleasanton after it was engulfed in flames.

The Pleasanton Weekly reports that Pleasanton police “happened to be in the neighborhood at the time [and] witnessed a woman running out of her home and rushed to help her and put a blanket around her.”

Deonna Zuffa was the only person home at the time the fire broke out. She suffered second- and third-degree burns, was listed in critical condition, and was later transferred to the St. Francis Burn Center in San Francisco, according to the Weekly.

The home on East Angela Street, just east of downtown Pleasanton and across from St. Augustine’s Catholic Church , was valued at about $938,000, according to the Weekly. It was pretty much destroyed by the fire and is considered a “total loss.” Two neighboring homes also suffered damaged, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Zuffa has two school-aged kids, according to the Weekly. One is a seventh grader at Pleasanton Middle School; the other attends Amador Valley High School. Folks at Pleasanton Middle School are spearheading a donation drive for the Zuffa family; they have “pretty much lost everything” a few weeks before Christmas.

Friends of the Zuffa family are looking for donations of cash as well as of clothing to fit teens and adults, such as pants and shirts.

To inquire about donating a gift card to the family, check out the Pleasanton Weekly story. Andrew Ochoa, a friend of the younger Zuffa son, is trying to solicit donations of money or clothes to help out the family.

Andrew’s mom,Felicia Ochoa-Ogden, posted this on the Pleasanton Weekly website:
Andrew has been spreading word about collecting cash and gift cards to be donated to the Zuffa Family.He will also bring a box to set up in the office at Pleasanton Middle Schoo or clothes donations. He has received a tremendous amount of feedback from his fellow students all offering whatever they can do to help and he is very overwhelmed with the amount of compassion and generosity he has encountered today for Devon and his family.Thank you, Felicia Ochoa-Ogden (Andrew's Mom)

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