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Deadly Palo Alto Fire Ruled Accidental

The bodies of two people were found inside the home.

Murder-suicide has been ruled out by the coroner's office. (Photo: Patch Archive)
Murder-suicide has been ruled out by the coroner's office. (Photo: Patch Archive)

A deadly fire that claimed two lives and destroyed a home on Embarcadero Road Friday night has been ruled accidental, the Palo Alto Police Department announced Tuesday evening.

According to police spokesman Lt. Zach Perron, “The Santa Clara County Arson Task Force, in conjunction with investigators from the Palo Alto Police Department and the Palo Alto Fire Department, examined the scene over the weekend in an effort to determine the cause and origin of the fire.  Investigators found the origin in the kitchen, and have classified the fire as accidental.  Due to extensive fire damage and the presence of two possible ignition sources (an electrical appliance and possible cigarette smoking materials) found in the area of the fire's origin, investigators were unable to determine the exact cause or ignition source.”

Perron also revealed that the Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office has determined that the victims did not die as a result of murder-suicide.

The exact cause of death and the victims’ identities will be released by the coroner’s office. A spokeswoman for the coroner’s office told Patch Tuesday afternoon that the information is not ready for release.

The fire in the 900 block of Embarcadero Road was reported at 7:15 p.m. Friday. Firefighters controlled the fire within 10 minutes of their arrival and prevented it from spreading to neighboring homes. Police closed busy Embarcadero to allow for firefighting efforts and kept the scene secure until investigators could probe the cause of the fire. 

Also on Patch:

Updated: Two Dead in Palo Alto House Fire

Deadly Fire Investigation Delayed

Update-- Coroner’s Office: Latest on Fire Death Investigation



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