Pilot Hill Home Goes Up in Smoke, Woman Sought

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Photo of Ashbey released by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department


Authorities in the small community of Pilot Hill are looking for a woman wanted in connection to a house fire Tuesday night.

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a home along Pine Tree Court in Pilot Hill around 9 p.m. for an argument that reportedly been had been going on for about 45 minutes. A man and a woman’s voice could be heard, dispatchers were told.

Just a little later, as deputies were on their way, dispatchers were told that flames could be seen coming out of the windows of the home. People inside were also reportedly screaming.

Once at the scene, the deputies found that the home and land around it were engulfed in a fire. Cal Fire units were called to the scene to fight the inferno, while the sheriff’s deputies started searching for any possible victims.

Outside, deputies found a man – 57-year-old Timothy Maston – who had unspecified injuries to his face and head. He was transported to Auburn Faith Hospital and then transferred to Sutter Roseville Hospital. His current condition has not been released.

Matson told deputies that a woman – 40-year-old Angel Maria Ashbey – had attacked him. Ashbey, who lived at the home that burned down, was already gone by the time authorities arrived.

Investigators say they are looking for Ashbey. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Troy Morton at (530) 642-4712.

Firefighters were able to douse the wildland fire before any evacuations were needed in the area.

According to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department release on the incident, Ashbey was born on August 6, 1973 – meaning that Tuesday was her 40th birthday.

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