DOS PALOS, Calif. (AP) – Authorities have identified five family members killed in a house fire in rural central California.
The Merced County Sheriff’s Office said the two adult victims were Ruben Andrade, 40, and Juana Yanez, 35, the parents of the three child victims.
The children were identified as Hector Andrade, 1, Judith Andrade, 4, and Christopher Andrade, 11.
The fire was reported before dawn Thursday in one of two houses on a property amid farm fields outside the small community of Dos Palos.
Two other adults were hospitalized for non-life threatening injuries. Sheriff’s deputy Daryl Allen said they were injured as they tried to help.
Investigators have found no evidence of foul play and believe the fire started by accident.
A family friend, Horacio Cisneros from Dos Palos, dropped by the house on Thursday. He told the Merced Sun-Star he was in disbelief.
âIt’s a good family. They didn’t deserve that, you know, âCisneros said. âThey’re going to need a lot of help from the community to get by.
Dos Palos is located approximately 80 kilometers northwest of Fresno.
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