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Rossmoor fatal fire victim identified as 101-year-old man

A 101-year-old man died in a fire at an eight-unit residential building in the Rossmoor older-adult community in Walnut Creek on Saturday, the Contra Costa County coroner’s office said Monday.

Walnut Creek resident Arthur Gertz died in the fire reported at 6:21 p.m. Saturday in the 1200 block of Leisure Lane.

Coro/Wikimedia Commons Arthur Gertz, 101, died in a residential fire Saturday, November 23, 2019. The fire erupted in an eight-unit building in Rossmoor, a retirement community subset of Walnut Creek, Calif.

Gertz died in the only unit that burned in the fire. Three other units had smoke and water damage and residents in all four units were displaced, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Chris Bachman said.

The cause of the deadly blaze remains under investigation as of Monday, fire officials said.

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