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Authorities investigate fire at Lennox house where body was buried

February 17, 2011 | 12:10 pm

Arson investigators were trying to determine Thursday what caused a fire at a Lennox "drug house" where human remains were found buried in the backyard.

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department searched the home on the 4800 block of 112th Street but had not released any information about the fire, said Det. Wayne Scott.

A man’s body was dug up in the backyard on Tuesday, and later authorities learned a male resident had reportedly been beaten and tied up by a couple who took his truck to move a dead body.

The Lennox house caught fire Wednesday night just hours after a suspect in the case, Marcos Lomeli,26, was arrested and held for questioning.

The homeowner James Stein, 53, was reported missing in December, and his wife, Gabriela, was last seen in early January. The couple are still officially considered missing.

The man’s body had not yet been identified, authorities said. Authorities have said the house was used to deal drugs.

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-- Nate Jackson

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