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Two bodies found in burned-out home in San Diego County

January 2, 2011 |  5:39 pm

Two bodies were recovered Sunday from the charred rubble of a home in Santee after what appears to have been a case of murder, arson and suicide.

No names were revealed.

But the county medical examiner listed the birthdate of one of the two victims as Feb. 16, 1950, the same as one of the co-owners of the home, Michael Cour. The other person appeared to be female, officials said.

The home on Clifford Heights Road in Santee, a middle-class suburb east of San Diego, is listed as owned by Cour, 60, and Janice Gervais, 70, according to San Diego County property records.

The couple filed for bankruptcy last year, according to records.

On Saturday afternoon, a man called 911 and said that he had just killed his wife and planned to set fire to his home and commit suicide. He threatened to shoot anyone who attempted to extinguish the flames.

Neighbors told reporters that, along with the financial problems, Cour's wife had cancer.

Cour is listed on property records as a teacher at Grossmont High School in El Cajon, but the school's website does not list him among current faculty.

With firefighters unable to approach the home, it was quickly destroyed by the flames. Ammunition could be heard "cooking off" inside the structure.

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

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