Firefighters quickly knocked down a blaze at the corner of Irvine and Riverside yesterday afternoon only to find a body in the residence.
I observed the tail end of the event and was amazed at the number of units that responded – at least four engines and two hook-and-ladder companies. The fire department’s quick and overwhelming response is worthy of praise.
The victim, Chere Osmanhodzic, was 34.
Her boyfriend reported confronting a man who was leaving the house. He chased him for several blocks, but could not catch him. By the time he got back, the house was in flames.
I Googled the victim’s name and came up with a Cheree Osmanhodzic, just one letter off in the first name.
While I can’t be certain it is the same person, the search result was for a wedding registry page for a ceremony this September.
If it is the same individual, it makes this case even more tragic. KABC reported Ms. Osmanhodzic had a wedding planned.
Normally, burglary from automobile is the most common crime in the community. These two back-to-back events prove how mercurial crime stats can be.