Thursday, September 24, 2015

Suicide Caused Fire That Destroyed 11 Homes In Monterey County, Officials Say

By Lee Romney and Frank Shyong
Sep 12, 2015
LA Times

fire that destroyed 11 homes in Monterey County over the weekend was sparked by someone committing suicide, officials said Wednesday.

The Monterey County Sheriff's Department said in a statement that a body was found at the site where the Tassajara fire began Saturday afternoon amid windy, hot conditions. Officials did not identify the person or give details on how the fire started. They said an investigation was ongoing.

The fire burned more than 1,000 acres.

Meanwhile, to the north, Lake County sheriff's officials said Wednesday that human remains thought to belong to 66-year-old Robert "Bob" Taylor Fletcher were found in the Cobb area, bringing the Valley fire's death toll to four.

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