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Arson squad responds to house where body was found

February 16, 2011 |  9:53 pm

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department arson squad responded Wednesday night to a fire that broke out at a Lennox house where a body was unearthed in the backyard, officials said.

The blaze broke out at the house in 4800 block of West 112th Street and was engulfed in flames when the first fire engine arrived, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

The blaze was knocked down in about 20 minutes. Afterward, an arson unit was requested to respond to the scene.

Earlier Wednesday, a suspect was taken into custody in connection with the death of a man whose body was found buried in the back yard at the house, authorities said.

Timothy Lemoli, 26, was apprehended at a motel in the 4300 block of Rosemead Boulevard in Pico Rivera after detectives pursued leads developed in the case, said Capt. Mike Parker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Investigators Wednesday afternoon were searching for a second body that may have been buried in the backyard but later determined there were no additional bodies on the property, Parker said.

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Photo: The scene Thursday morning outside the home in the 4800 block of West 112th Street in Lennox, where investigators Wednesday afternoon were searching for a second body that may have been buried in the backyard. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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