Fire, Explosion, Kill Grandmother in Carson

Leticia Hagfield, who was cooking dinner for her son and grandson, died in the blaze.

A deadly explosion in Carson took the life of an 82-year-old grandmother who was cooking dinner for her son and grandson late Saturday.

Kirk Hagfield was on his way to his mother’s home in the 900 block of E. 22nd Street when he saw the house go up in flames.

“I put my key in the door to open it, but the flames were so intense the windows broke out,” Hagfield said. “The flames were so hot I couldn’t go in.”

Letitia Hagfield was known in the neighborhood where she had lived for nearly 50 years as a grandmotherly type who always had treats for local children.

His mother’s loss was just the latest blow for Kirk Hagfield, who said his wife and father had also passed away.

Investigators were still seeking a cause for the fire early Sunday. It was Kirk Hagfield who identified the house and his mother.

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