Police Release Identity of Burning Victim


November 2, 2010 (Updated)

Falls Church City Police are conducting a cooperative investigation with the Arlington Fire Marshal regarding a City resident who died from burns early Sunday morning.

Police identified the victim as Antonia Marie Alba, 54, of 362 James Street.

On Saturday, October 30, at 1:47 p.m., police responded to the James Street address for a report of a woman on fire.  There, police found the victim leaning against the outside wall of a residence, underneath a spigot with water running over her.  She had second and third degree burns over 70 percent of her body.

Rescue units transported the woman to T.J. Elementary School on S. Oak Street, where she was then taken by Med Star helicopter to the Washington Hospital Center.

On Sunday, October 31, at approximately 3:30 a.m., the woman succumbed to her injuries.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

November 2, 2010 


4 Responses to “Police Release Identity of Burning Victim”

  1. Jennifer on November 4th, 2010 6:14 pm

    Very sad and tragic.My heart goes out to her family and friends.

  2. Anna Lev-Toaff, Philadelphia on November 25th, 2010 2:26 pm

    Very sorry to hear of Antonia’s passing — my condolences to Tom.

    Does anyone know how this tragedy happened.

  3. Tom Greiner, Arlington on February 23rd, 2011 9:57 am

    Like any disaster, there was no single cause. Just a series of errors in observation and judgment culminating in an accident that was not going to be survivable no matter how heroic the actions.

    Watch this space as the “investigation” confabulates. The latest revelation ( see Arl. Civil Court reporter’s notes for Jan. 28, 10:00 session – In Re: Estate of Antonia M Alba v. City of Falls Church ) that characterizes me as a suspect.

  4. Tom Greiner, Arlington, Deceased's life partner and estate executor. on May 3rd, 2011 9:45 am

    Turns out that no Court Reporter is provided for civil cases. But, you can hire one if you want. So, nobody who speaks (the attorneys) is accountable for what they say! Which means that they can make up whatever “stories” they want to sway the judge’s decision and any orders. Bottom line: if they speak untruthfully, hard cheese! And that will be $3300 (SURPRIZE!) for level of effort expended without your knowledge or approval.

    I’ll do better next time.

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