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Fire claims life in Klamath

A home on Weber Drive in Klamath was burned to the ground on Saturday, killing one occupant and badly injuring another. Del Norte Triplicate / Jessica Cejnar
One man is dead and another is in a San Francisco hospital with serious burn injuries after a fire destroyed their home on Weber Drive in the Hunter Creek subdivision early Saturday morning.

Residents say it took more than an hour for fire crews to respond to the Klamath area subdivision even though the Klamath Fire Protection District operates a station on the same street. 

It was the second blaze to occur in the Klamath subdivision in less than 24 hours.

The Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office hasn’t yet identified the victim, Cmdr. Bill Steven said. However Lori Collins, who lives on the same block, said the victim was Bill Clare, who owned the manufactured home at 68 Weber Drive. His caretaker, Timothy Maxey, sustained burns to about 70 percent of his body as he tried to rescue Clare and their four dogs, Collins said.

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