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One victim in Pasadena boarding house fire is identified

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office on Saturday released the name of one of two men killed in a fire at an unlicensed Pasadena boarding house.

Cliff Clark, 56, was a Pasadena resident. The name of a second victim, a man in his 70s, has not been released because his next of kin has not been notified, said coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz.

On Friday,  police arrested Garth Allen Robbins, 49, who lived in the house, in connection with the fire and deaths. His alleged motive in setting the fire is unclear. The residence was rocked by an explosion about 2:15 a.m. Thursday, killing the two men, injuring another and forcing 16 others to evacuate.

The residence appeared to be used as a rooming facility, though Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said it was not licensed by the state and is zoned for single-family residential use.

Several residents said they paid monthly rents of $425 to $550 for rooms on the property, and one said some tenants had been referred to the location by homeless advocates.


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