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Elderly Couple Killed in House Fire

An elderly Sacramento couple is dead after a fire at their Georgetown Drive home. A number of their cats, dogs and birds also perished in the blaze.

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Couple Who Died in Fire Identified

Teen Recounts House Fire that Killed Two People

A couple died after their Rancho Cordova home burned Sunday morning.


A couple who died in a house fire over the weekend has been identified.

Leeon Johnson, 78, and his wife Vera, 75, died when their Rancho Cordova home caught fire early Sunday morning.

FOX40 spoke with a 14-year-old neighbor who heard the couple calling for help, and tried to reach them. But the fire prevented her and others from getting inside.

The Johnsons had several pets inside the home, including birds, cats and dogs, who also died in the fire.


Skyla Rivera is only 14, but early Sunday morning she had the bravery of an adult as she awoke to her neighbor’s home on fire.

“She was yelling, ‘help help help,'” said Skyla Rivera.

Rivera grabbed her father and ran towards the cry for help.

“She started saying whatever you do get us out,” said Rivera.

When they got close to the house, flames prevented them from being able to do much.

“She was like half way out her window and we tried to like carry her out, but there were like flames all around her window and it was hard to even get close to it. She couldn’t get herself out because of how old she was,” said Rivera.

She also dialed 911.

“I started hearing their sirens and I told the lady just try to hold on a little bit longer,” said Rivera.

Rivera also realized there was someone else trapped inside.

“She kept saying get us out. I assumed she was with her husband, but he wasn’t yelling, he wasn’t making any noise. It turns out he was in the hall,” said Rivera.

Rivera said that just before firefighters arrived, all the noises in the house stopped.

“Barking making these loud yelping noises stopped, so I thought they died. Then the lady stopped yelling and just stood there,” said Rivera.

The fire is still under investigation. Metro Fire confirmed two people died in the fire — along with four dogs, three cats and several birds. Several more animals were outside the house in cages — those survived. The family rescued birds.

Georgetown Fire

Courtesy: Sacramento Metro Fire


Sacramento Metro Firefighters battled a blaze on Georgetown Drive around 4 a.m. Sunday morning.

Firefighters found flames blowing from the front of the house when they arrived at the scene.

Once they put out the fire, firefighters found an elderly couple trapped inside.

Both the man and woman died, as well as their dogs, cats, and birds.

The house had extensive damage and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.