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Three dead in Denair house fire

The remains of three people were found inside a Denair residence after the house went up in flames early Sunday.

The identities of the three individuals have not been released.

“Sadly, we located and identified the remains of three people who died as a result of the structure fire,” said Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Luke Schwartz. “Their names are not yet ready for public release, due to the Coroner’s Office still needing to respond and make the necessary next-of-kin notifications.   

“We believe those who died were two young juveniles and one adult male, all of whom lived inside the home,” Schwartz said. “The children included a three-year-old male, an eight-year-old male, and a 25-year-old adult male.  We are still trying to determine the relationship between the three fire victims.”

The Denair Fire Department was dispatched to the home in the 3500 block of Fresno Avenue at 1:47 a.m. Sunday.

The house was fully engulfed in flames and firefighters were told multiple people were in the home.

“Crews attempted a rescue and were able to make entry into a portion of the residence, but were forced to pull out due to heavy fire and collapsing roof,” the Denair Fire Department stated on their Facebook page.

Additional resources from around the area responded to the fire and helped extinguish the flames. 

The remains of the three were found once the fire was put out.

A joint investigative response from the Denair Fire Department, the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigation Unit, and detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Crimes Against Persons Unit began to process and analyze the scene carefully.

“The cause, origin, and circumstances surrounding this triple death investigation are still active and very much on-going,” Schwartz said. “Arson and criminal wrongdoing do not appear to be suspected at this time; rather it seems to be a tragic and unfortunate accident.”

“Our hearts go out to the family of the victims and everyone involved with this incident,” the Denair Fire Department stated.

Anyone with information about the fire can contact Sheriff’s Detective Gonzalez at 209-595-8686.