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Woman Who Died After Benicia House Fire is Identified

Victim's husband remains hospitalized at this time.

Fire officials have identified a woman who died after a house fire in Benicia on Thursday morning as 82-year-old Ellyn Levin.

Levin and her 82-year-old husband, whose name has not been released, were found in a rear bedroom of their burning home in the 300 block of Larkin Drive after firefighters responded there at about 2 a.m. They were taken to Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center, then transferred to St Francis Memorial Hospital's Bothin Burn Center in San Francisco.

Levin died there at 7:15 a.m. and her husband remains hospitalized.

The fire is considered accidental, Benicia Fire Chief Jim Lydon said. It started in a family room off of the kitchen that contained several lamps and wall outlets, Lydon said. "There are several potential causes," Lydon said.

Benicia police Lt. Frank Hartig said today, "The Benicia Fire Department is providing support to the family and Fire Chief Jim Lydon had personally been in contact with family members helping them navigate this tragic event."

The elderly couple's family members live out of state, Hartig said.

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Danny DeMars December 09, 2013 at 08:44 PM
What a terrible thing to happen to the Levin family especially during Hanukkah.

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