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April 14, 2024

Woman, two children die in trailer fire

An adult female and two children died Monday in a fire to a camping trailer on Panoche Road in southern San Benito County, according to the San Benito County Sheriff’s Office.

The fire and death occurred in the 20000 block of Panoche Road located in Paicines, according to the sheriff.

According to a statement released Tuesday from the sheriff’s office:

At 10:30 p.m. Monday, the San Benito County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to assist on a Calfire Incident labeled the Panoche Fire.

During the firefighting operation, firefighters located what appeared to be a deceased adult in what appeared to be the remains of a camping trailer on the property. The San Benito County Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene where detectives located the remains of what are believed to be an adult female, a toddler and an infant.

Detectives processed the scene and took custody of the decedents at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. Identification and notification of next-of-kin is being attempted currently. No further information will be released on the decedents at this time.

Calfire is investigating the origin and cause of the fire. The San Benito County Sheriff’s Office has the role of coroner and is not investigating the incident.

Identities of the decedents will be released by this office once we are able to do so.

This was a separate incident from the Airline Fire and the Eastern Fire that are also burning in San Benito County. Please visit http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents for more details on all three incidents.

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