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Body of woman found two days after fire remains unidentified

August 5, 2011 |  7:19 am

Los Angeles County coroner’s officials have been unable to identify the charred remains of a woman found two days after a fire in a converted garage in Pasadena.

The body was discovered Tuesday in the 100 block of South San Marino Avenue by an arson investigator hired by the homeowner’s insurance company. The fire occurred shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday.  The residents of the house were not hurt in the fire. They told firefighters that no one was living in the detached garage.

“When firefighters got there, they were told everybody was accounted for,” Pasadena Fire Chief Dennis Downs told the 818 Now.

At 6:30 a.m. on the day of the blaze, fire and police officials returned to the house to look into reports of lingering smoke on the roof of the garage. Downs said there are several explanations for why firefighters may not have seen the body at first. Police and fire officials are investigating whether the woman died on the day of the fire or earlier.

“In a fire, your vision and perception is hampered by poor lighting conditions,” Down said. “It was 2 a.m. Heat, smoke and debris, and the combination of those factors, I’m presuming, would have led to the inability to detect the body.”


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