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Victim identified in fatal RWC fire
July 11, 2013, 05:00 AM By Bill Silverfarb

The victim who died in the six-alarm blaze that destroyed a Redwood City apartment building and left nearly 100 people without a home early Sunday morning has been identified as Darin Michael Demello-Pine, 48, according to the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office.

Pine lived on the third floor in unit no. 307.

Fire officials are investigating whether the fire started in Demello-Pine’s apartment and have ruled out arson.

The building did not have sprinklers but an internal fire hose that firefighters did not use.

Demello-Pine was initially unaccounted for after the building on the 500 block of Woodside Road was evacuated early Sunday morning.

Almost 40 hours after the fire was first reported, fire crews were still in the building knocking out windows and attending to hot spots as police diverted traffic away from the area.

Redwood City police, fire and officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the fire that has left the the 72-unit Hallmark House Apartments uninhabitable.

Tuesday, former residents of the Hallmark House Apartments stood in line for a chance to recover any belongings remaining from the blaze.

(650) 344-5200 ext. 106



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