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Angela Street fire investigation winding down

Police sergeant says an outcome possible in next couple weeks

Without getting into details, a Pleasanton police sergeant said this week that investigators expect to wrap up their examination into a house fire on Angela Street in the next couple of weeks.

Sgt. Jim Knox said police plan to interview Deonna Zuffa, who was the only person in the home at the time of the Dec. 8 fire, soon and expect to have an outcome shortly after that.

Zuffa, 40, has been recovering from second- and third-degree burns she sustained after an explosion and fire damaged her home, located in the 800 block of East Angela Street across from St. Augustine Catholic Church.

Police have classified the incident as "suspicious," but have said little else, other than to eliminate a natural gas line leak as a cause.

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Posted by Doo Doo
a resident of Valley Trails
on Feb 13, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Lets not forget about this story...


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Foothill Place
on Feb 13, 2009 at 7:05 pm

its simple. (Comments partially removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as innuendo, hearsay or specific accusatory information unsupported by facts.) we have yet to find out.


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Posted by been there
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 14, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Can you say "meth lab" explosion.


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Posted by Downtowner
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 16, 2009 at 10:08 am

It absolutely was not a meth lab explosion. If it was, the area would have been sealed off and cleaned up by a hazmat crew. It also makes no sense to cook meth in a million-dollar house in a nice neighborhood, not to mention that many neighbors have visited the family and there was nothing weird going on there - the only unusual thing was their race cars.

That said, I really hope the Weekly continues to report on this story, and be a little biut more curious and aggressive in reporting - why not interview involved parties, do a little investigation into the financial issues, the bankruptcy and foreclosure, etc. Instead, the Weekly seems to just rely on pronouncements from official sources. That's very lazy reporting. It seems like the Weekly wants to be a cozy small-town paper instead of doing quality journalism. Take a look at the SF Weekly, East Bay Express, etc., and their investigative features. The Weekly has the potential to be a great paper, but needs to be more aggressive in reporting.


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Posted by mac
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 16, 2009 at 10:26 am

It's true that if it had been a meth lab, a very serious hazmat crew would have been at work. However, what we don't realize is that these methlabs do exist in some multi-million dollar houses. Blackhawk had an instance in one of their mega homes in a nice neighborhood. It was felt that the lack of news coverage was about clout and not ruining the reputations in that area.

One can't judge a book by the cover.


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Posted by GiveMeABreak
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 16, 2009 at 7:25 pm

I don't know what the police hope to gain from interviewing Deonna. (Comments partially removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as innuendo, hearsay or specific accusatory information unsupported by facts.)


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Posted by Marie
a resident of Castlewood
on Feb 17, 2009 at 9:38 am

Have you forgotten when a house in Castlewood was sublet and turned into a meth lab. The same house where a man barricaded himself in the crawl space a few years ago. So ya meth labs do happen in nice areas.


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Posted by Lisa
a resident of Happy Valley
on Feb 17, 2009 at 1:16 pm

There was also one out on Happy Valley a few years back. Pleasanton Weekly what ever happened in that case?


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Posted by Lisa
a resident of Happy Valley
on Feb 17, 2009 at 1:16 pm

There was also one out on Happy Valley a few years back. Pleasanton Weekly what ever happened in that case?


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Posted by Kari
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 17, 2009 at 2:47 pm

My god people get a flippen life. You could sit behind your computers, living your dull lives and speculate all you want. Does it make you feel BIG? Find a more productive way to live your life. Volunteer somewhere..... do something productive.


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Posted by Kari
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 17, 2009 at 2:47 pm

My god people get a flippen life. You could sit behind your computers, living your dull lives and speculate all you want. Does it make you feel BIG? Find a more productive way to live your life. Volunteer somewhere..... do something productive.


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Posted by marie
a resident of Castlewood
on Feb 17, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Kari, your reading these so guess you don't have a life either!!


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Posted by Kari
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 18, 2009 at 10:34 am

Marie

I check in from time to time in hopes of hearing some good news regarding De's recovery. Every time I do check this site I see the crap that people like yourself have to "throw out there" and I wish I hadn't bothered.


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Posted by marie
a resident of Castlewood
on Feb 18, 2009 at 10:45 am

Kari,

I said nothing about De, I was talking about the fact that the price of a house does not exclude it from being a meth lab.


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Posted by Weird
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 4, 2009 at 8:21 am

What is going on with this investigation????? Why the delay in releasing details, things must be clear by now.

Has there been any word on the condition of Mrs. Zuffa? With all of the suspicious content on here, I would really like to hear her take on the whole thing.


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Posted by hello!?
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Mar 6, 2009 at 4:03 pm

PLEASANTON WEEKLY!?
can we get an update on this case? hopefully it wont just be forgotten..


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Posted by Angela street neighbor
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Mar 10, 2009 at 12:08 am

I have to drive by the house everyday, and often wonder what the heck is going on with this case???? Pleasanton weekly posted the story as well as updates, it would be great if they could keep us informed... This will not go unforgotten!


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Posted by Still wondering
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 13, 2009 at 10:53 am

Okay, it has been a month since the story was posted that said the investigation was winding down and we should know the results. Are they not releasing the information or will we ever be told who caused the fire? The residents want to know.

Many stories are published when they happen and we never find out the cause, I remember the motor cycle accident in Livermore where a man was killed. There was a truck driven by a teenager who was vilified by bloggers. The police or the news have never released the results of the investigation and that was ~Oct '08.

Pleasanton Weekly, please don't let this story fade away as many others have.


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Posted by Anonomyous
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Mar 17, 2009 at 6:32 pm

PLEASANTON WEEKLY
PLEASE GIVE AN UPDATE ON THIS CASE!its been a couple weeks and we still haven't gotten any information on how this happened!! Like other bloggers and residents desperate to know what happened, I think that our community should be informed. DON'T let this be forgotten.


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Posted by Disappointed
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 8, 2009 at 5:37 am

Appears the PW has failed to follow through.. Again..


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Posted by Rae
a resident of Mohr Park
on Apr 8, 2009 at 10:47 am

Other than salacious curiosity, what business is it of anyone's, except the family involved?

Oh wait, maybe it's compassion from this "community of character"!. Sure! That must be it!


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Posted by Janet Pelletier, editor of the Pleasanton Weekly
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 8, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Disappointed, there is an updated story on our main web page at www.pleasantonweekly.com on the fire investigation. It's been classified as an arson, but police are saying little else.


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Posted by Lisa B.
a resident of Amador Estates
on Nov 6, 2009 at 10:35 am

Anything new on this? It seems so secretive.


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