DENAIR (CBS13) – Three people, including two young boys, died overnight in a house fire in Denair, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department said on Sunday.
The victims were all male – aged 3, 8 and 25. Crews responded to the fire at around 1:45 a.m. along Fresno Avenue.
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According to the sheriff’s office, first responders learned that the three victims were trapped inside the house, which was heavily involved in the flames. The Denair Fire Department said crews were able to enter part of the house but had to withdraw due to an intense fire and a collapsing roof.
After the fire was extinguished, all three were still missing, but the sheriff’s office said multiple teams eventually located the remains of the victims.
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The identity of the victims will be revealed once the next of kin has been notified. The relationship between the three victims is also not yet confirmed.
Investigators said on Sunday that no crime was suspected in the fatal blaze at the time, and that it was considered an unfortunate accident. However, the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The 8-year-old boy was later confirmed to be a Denair Unified School District student. Terry Metzger, district superintendent, issued a statement, reading:
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The entire Denair Unified family mourn the loss of three lives in a house fire early this morning, including one of our students from Denair Elementary Charter Academy. Denair is a tight-knit community and the school administrators are currently in contact with staff and families. Next week, we are organizing on-site consultations for adults and children. Details will be communicated on Tuesday.