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Still no cause in weekend blazes

November 17, 2008 |  2:05 pm

Authorities said they are still trying to determine the cause of two fires that burned hundreds of homes in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties over the weekend. Details from the Associated Press:

Investigators handling a fire that raged in four counties and destroyed more than 160 homes believe the blaze began north of the 91 Freeway near the base of a dam near Corona on Saturday. They say no causes have been ruled out. Fire officials also couldn’t say what started a blaze that destroyed nearly 500 homes in a mobile home park in the Sylmar area.

Ed Winter, spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, said seven cadaver dogs, with the assistance of urban search and rescue teams, combed the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar and did not find human remains. Coroner’s officials, with the help of the Los Angeles Police Department, have contacted residents of all but 200 units, Winter said at a news conference about noon today.

-- James Wagner and Shelby Grad