Orland Suspicious Fire

Apr 5, 2010 7:37 PM

Investigators are still at the scene of Sunday night's fully involved house fire on County Road 25, a home owned by Glenn County Supervisor Leigh McDaniel. The fire is being called suspicious and authorities are looking for answers to a gruesome discovery. "Once the fire was knocked down, and one of my detectives were able to go inside where the structure was located, they made the find of a human body that had been severely burned in the residence," Glenn County Sheriff Larry Jones stated.

The body is that of an adult male in his mid-thirties. Investigators are not saying whether the fire caused the death but are treating it as a homicide. Jones does not believe the victim has any relation to McDaniel but is still trying to figure out who he was. "We have no idea at this point. The guy who owns the property says the home has been vacant for approximately two years so we have no idea who could have been living inside the residence."

The house is next to McDaniel's hay barn and equipment shed and was bought in 1999. This is not the first time authorities have been called to the property. "Our detectives responded here for a copper wire and pipe theft and there has been disturbance calls here in the past."

The area has been blocked off since Sunday night and crews are expected to continue working throughout the night.

The house is a total loss. The identification of the victim will be released after an autopsy and other forensic examination.


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