Vallejo, CA, police said Sunday’s deadly house fire was the result of a mother committing suicide by setting herself on fire — with the resulting blaze killing her twin 14-year-old daughters in the process.
In a Thursday news release, police said evidence, along with victim and witness statements, point to Mau Dao, 47, setting herself on fire inside her home on Georgia Street about 2:45 a.m.
Tram and Trinh Tran were killed in the fire — but Dao’s 11-year-old daughter managed to escape the blaze. She was able to flag down a Vallejo police officer who happened to be patrolling the area and smelled smoke.
The girl told the officer that three other people were in the home; since the house was fully involved, officers couldn’t make entry.
When Vallejo firefighters arrived on scene, they made entry into the home and discovered one of the girls dead inside the residence. The other girl died at the hospital, with Dao dying at a local burn unit, authorities previously said.
The girls were members of the wrestling team and band at Jesse Bethel High School.
Dao’s surviving daughter was injured in the fire but is expected to make a full recovery, police added. The girl is with her father.
No other information about how and why Dao committed suicide was released by police.
When asked if Dao meant intended to kill her family during the suicide, Vallejo police spokesman Lt. Lee Horton said he couldn’t comment.
Three people, including two children, die in early morning Vallejo house fire
“This was a tragic event for all involved,” Vallejo police said in the same release. “Incidents of this nature are exceedingly difficult for the family, but also for the community and its first responders.”
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Yates and Detective Poyser of the Vallejo Police Department Detective Division at 707-648-4080. Refer to case number 18-9877.
SOURCE: JOHN GLIDDEN