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IN THE AFTERMATH of the fire the destruction is evident. Photo courtesy Chief Bill Dekker

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Pilot Hill: 2 die in fire

By From page A1 | November 21, 2012

A fire in Pilot Hill claimed two lives Sunday evening.

At 6:10 p.m. Nov. 18, El Dorado County Fire received a report of a residential fire at 4531 Salmon Falls Rd., Battalion Chief Mike Pott said.

Engine 72 from Cool was the first to arrive seven minutes later, Pott wrote in an e-mail to the Mountain Democrat, and found “a single-story wood-framed structure almost completely involved.” E72 had received reports that two adults might have been in the residence.

But, due the the intensity of the flames, fire crews were unable to enter the home. It was just after 9 p.m. that the first victim was found, Pott wrote. A second body was found in the debris about 45 minutes later.

The identities of the bodies are being held pending positive identification through autopsy.

Fire crews were still at the scene Monday morning investigating the blaze, trying to determine the source of the fire.

Cole Mayer

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