Police: Modesto house fire deaths may not be accidental

4:04 PM, Aug 8, 2013   |    comments
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MODESTO, Calif. - Two people were found dead inside of a burning house on the 4000 block of Divan Court in Modesto people Thursday morning.

Modesto Fire Battalion Chief Hugo Patino said crews were sent to the home at 3:09 a.m. and saw flames through a second story window.

Firefighters entered the home to attack the fire and located two people inside who were dead, said Patino.

Fire investigators from the Modesto Regional Fire Authority were working with the Stanislaus County District Attorney Office and Modesto police to determine the cause and origin of the fire, said Patino. Thursday afternoon, detectives had found evidence suggesting the deaths were not accidental, he said.

The identities of the people killed in the fire were withheld pending notification of family.

According to Patino, a total of 24 firefighters were able to contain the burn within 15 minutes.


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