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One person dies, another burned, in Hemet house fire

March 3, 2010 |  8:12 pm
One person was killed and another was burned Wednesday evening when a fire tore through a home in Hemet, authorities said.

The single-family structure in the 27000 block of Val Deane Way was completely engulfed in flames when the first firetruck arrived shortly after 5:30 p.m., the Riverside County Fire Department said.

Firefighters went into rescue mode because of reports there was someone inside the home, the department said. In all, 21 firefighters in six engines battled the blaze.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene, and a second was taken to a hospital. The extent of the victim's burns was not known, the department said. The victims' names were not released.

Investigators were at the scene Wednesday night trying to determine what caused the fire.

-- Robert J. Lopez
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