77-year-old San Jose woman accused of house fire, husband dead

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A 77-year-old San Jose woman is accused of starting a house fire that killed her husband, police announced Wednesday. 

Rebecca Makino has been arrested under homicide and arson-related charges. She has been linked with the fatal fire on Saturday along the 5900 block of Amapola Drive. 

Rebecca Makino.

Firefighters responded to a home fire at about 3:45 a.m. and found Makino and her husband. The husband had suffered from severe smoke inhalation and was rescued from a bedroom. He was rushed to the hospital in critical conditions and later pronounced dead, police said. 

Arson investigators determined that Makino intentionally started the fire. She was arrested and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail. 

This incident marks San Jose’s 18th homicide of 2022, police said.