Modesto Firefighters and Police Respond to a Residential Fire and Discover two Deceased Persons

Modesto Firefighters and Police Respond to a Residential Fire and Discover two Deceased Persons.

On 08-08-13, at about 3:10 a.m. firefighters from the Modesto Regional Fire Authority  and Modesto Police officers were dispatched to a residential fire at the 4000 block of Divan Ct. A witness called 911 reporting flames coming from a window and possibly hearing screams.

When firefighters entered the residence they located a deceased male and female inside. Neighbors reported a third person living at the house, but it was determined the other person was not at home. There was an initial report of a Molotov cocktail being thrown at the house, but no evidence was found supporting the report.

Fire investigators and Modesto Police Detectives are conducting a joint investigation due to the loss of life. At this early stage of the investigation there are no obvious signs of foul play. The coroner’s office will continue the investigation and attempt to determine a cause of death.

**Update**

As the investigation continues detectives have located evidence indicating the deaths may not have been accidental. Updates will be released as more information becomes available.

 

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