Questions remain as loved ones mourn two Placerville women found dead after house fire
“At this time, we know of no threat to the safety of the general public,” El Dorado County sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Johnson said in an email to The Sacramento Bee.
In the meantime, family and friends of the women – Carolyn Hague, 62, and Crystal Ann Ward, 58 – have been left grappling with more questions than answers.
“It’s just a terrible tragedy for all of us,” said Renee Krupp, who identified herself as a very close friend of Hague’s.
About 5:45 a.m. Friday, El Dorado County firefighters responded to the 1600 block of Rose Lane, a rural stretch in the outskirts of Placerville, to find a home fully engulfed in flames. As firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze, others rushed inside to search for occupants trapped inside. The bodies of the women were found in a back bedroom.
Sheriff’s officials later determined the women had died of gunshot wounds. How they received those injuries, and how the fire started, remain under investigation.
The news has shaken those in the local education community – of which Hague was a part – as well as Northern California equestrian circles, in which Ward was active....
The Placerville abode shared by Hague and Ward was home to Ass-Pen Ranch, where they raised mammoth and mini donkeys for breeding, packing and driving, according to the ranch’s website. Ward is listed as the operation’s sole contact, and no one answered the phone number listed.
Ward was one of the original members of the Bay Area Equestrian Network. Several members of the network posting to an online bulletin board expressed shock and sadness about the news.
Ward was described on the site as “an incredible force in the donkey world – she was a breeder, gifted trainer and rescuer of donkeys, and an educator of people, as well as an equine judge.”...
At the women’s oak and pine tree-dotted property, a wooden sign greets visitors to Ass-Pen Ranch. With birds chirping and leaves rustling in the breeze, there was hardly a sign of distress from outside the property gate, save for a stretch of yellow police tape seen in the distance...
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