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Jan032011

Second Body Found in Burned California Home

Photo Courtesy - KGTV(SANTEE, Calif.) -- The remains of what appeared to be a woman were found Sunday in a suburban San Diego home that burned down Saturday after a man called 911 claiming to have shot his wife and saying he was going to set their house on fire.

The remains of another body, which authorities said Sunday appeared to be that of a 60-year-old man, were removed from the rubble after the fire was extinguished Saturday, but officials have not identified the victim.

The blaze in Santee, Calif. caused a neighbor's house to catch fire, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, because firefighters were hindered in extinguishing the fire by threats from someone inside the house and the sound of explosions as the house burned.

The fire at the home, which public records indicate belonged to 60-year-old Michael Cour and 70-year-old Janice Gervais since 1999, was reported at 2:40 p.m. Saturday.

A man called 911 Saturday afternoon and told deputies that he had shot his wife and was going to burn his house down, at which point a homicide unit from the sheriff's department was immediately sent to the scene.  The man also said he would shoot any deputies who showed up, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. 

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