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2 Bodies Found After Fire Burns in Santa Ana Home; Blaze Being Investigated as ‘Suspicious’

Two people were found dead after a fire was extinguished at a house in Santa Ana on New Year's Day, and police are calling the incident "suspicious."

Few details were provided about the blaze, which broke out on the second floor of a home in the 2300 block of Manly Avenue, the Orange County Fire Authority tweeted around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

It was declared a knockdown in a tweet sent by the Fire Authority about 15 minutes later.

Two bodies were later recovered in the residence, according to Santa Ana Police Department Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. He didn't identify the two individuals, nor did he have information on their names and genders.

The fire is being investigated as "suspicious," Bertagna said.

Five people lived in the home, but only three were home at the time, officials said. They were described as a husband and wife, as well as a female roommate. Two other roommates were not home.

The roommate was able to escape, Bertagna said.

The man believed to be at the home had been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence just days earlier, according to Bertagna. He was ordered to stay away from his wife.

Neighbor's told KTLA they heard the man threaten to kill the home's occupants and burn it down when he was being arrested. They added that they hadn't seen him since the arrest.

No additional information was immediately released.

KTLA's Chip Yost contributed to this story. 


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