The man killed in a house fire in rural Santa Maria on Saturday was identified today as Bill Wesley Gill by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.
The 71-year-old Gill was at home with his wife Janice early Saturday morning when their home in the 4200 block of Dominion Road caught fire.
Gill died in the blaze, while his 65-year-old wife suffered significant burns and was eventually transferred to the Sherman Oaks Burn Center.
A firefighter also suffered moderate injuries when attempting to extinguish the blaze when he fell through the roof of the home.
An investigation by the Arson Task Force from Santa Barbara and Vandenberg Air Force Base fire departments determined the home’s fireplace was the origin of the blaze.
Gill was a local businessman whose company Bill Gill Welding was well known for his work on local agriculture and oil field wells.