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Deadly Fire Investigation Delayed

Unstable conditions forced the postponement of the probe into a fire that claimed two lives Friday night.

The investigation into the cause of a fire that left two people dead has been pushed back a day.  (Photo: Patch Archive)
The investigation into the cause of a fire that left two people dead has been pushed back a day. (Photo: Patch Archive)

Investigators will not be able to safely access a Palo Alto home where two people died in a fire Friday night until Sunday.

The structure on the 900 block of Embarcadero Road is unstable and combustible materials were still off-gassing, making the house unsafe, according to police.

Investigators will enter Sunday after gasses have dissipated, and work to determine the fire's cause and origin.

The fire was reported 7:15 p.m. from a person who reported seeing flames from the home. Firefighters entered the home and were able to get the blaze under control after about 10 minutes after arriving at the scene, preventing the fire from spreading or damaging surrounding residences, fire officials said.

Firefighters discovered two bodies inside the home, but the identities of the two deceased residents will not be released before Monday, an official at the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office said Saturday.

Anyone who has information about this fire is asked to call Palo Alto police at (650) 329-2413, or may contact police anonymously via email at paloalto@tipnow.org or via text message or voicemail to (650) 383-8984.

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