Suicide started Montery County fire that destroyed 12 homes

Sep 23, 2015 7:13 PM by News Staff

Authorities say a man's suicide started a Monterey County wildfire that has destroyed 12 homes and eight other small buildings and prompted the evacuation of nearby residents.

The Monterey County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday that firefighters found the suicide victim's body Saturday near the fire's ignition point.

The blaze started Saturday afternoon near the small town of Jamesburg, 140 miles south of San Francisco. The sheriff's department declined to release the cause of death or details of how the fire started, saying an investigation continues.

The man's identity wasn't disclosed.

The fire has charred a little more than a square mile since it started about 30 miles east of the coastal city of Monterey. Firefighters say it is 81 percent contained.

Two other wildfires in Northern California have left six people dead.


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