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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Monterey County: 5 killed in Monterey County Adult Residential Facility

Update: Police ID Five Marina Fire Victims
Police are holding a press conference at 2:30 p.m. to name the five people who died in a tragic fire that engulfed a home care facility for disabled residents in Marina.

Press Conference Video:

 Mt. Carmel Adult Residential Facility
Credit: Photo from video, provided by KSBW-TV 
 Fire at California home care facility for the disabled has killed five people.

Incident Name/Type: Structure Fire -  Home care facility fire

Initial Alarm: The fire was reported at around 11:45 p.m. Saturday in Marina, a small coastal community in Monterey County, about 100 miles south of San Francisco. The fire was reported by a driver on nearby Highway 1 who saw the flames, KION-TV reported.

Deaths: Four bodies were found shortly after the fire, and a fifth body was found by investigators Sunday morning, Marina police Lt. Rick Janicki said.

Injuries: Three Marina police officers suffered smoke inhalation when they tried to rescue people inside the burning single family home. The officers have been treated and released.
Two other people were hospitalized — one of whom has since been released, Janicki said.

Cause: Has not been determined by Sunday afternoon, but investigators with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were on the scene at the request of Marina fire officials, ATF spokeswoman Donna Sellers said.

Six ATF personnel and what Sellers referred to as an "accelerant detection canine" were expected to be combing through the home all day Sunday, Sellers said.

"It's too early in the investigation to provide any other information," she said.

The names of the victims weren't expected to be released Sunday, said Randal Dyck a detective with the Monterey County Coroner's Office.

Records with the California Department of Social Services show the home was licensed with the state and was operating under the name of the Mt. Carmel Adult Residential Facility. A message left by The Associated Press at a phone number listed for the facility wasn't immediately returned.

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