Hanford Fire Claims 2 Lives

December 1, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
A south valley neighborhood is shaken after a deadly house fire over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.Even through the fog neighbors can see the charred remains of a home along the 100 block of Cameron Street in Hanford.

The house went up in flames Sunday morning leaving two people dead. Fire crews say at the time the fog was so dense it may have delayed the 9-1-1 calls because neighbors could barely see the smoke and flames.

Jeff Stevens' father lives next door to the home where he says a man in his 20's named Anthony, lived.

Stevens says his father's bedroom is so close to the house he was kept awake by his neighbor just hours before the fire.

Jeff Stevens said, "The night of the fire, they were having a party and the last person left at 4:30 and he heard glass breaking at 5:45 and that's when they woke up and called the fire department."

The Kings County coroner's office says two males died in the fire but it may take up to a week to positively identify the victims because dental records are needed.

The Hanford Fire Department says a cause is not yet known but the fire does not appear to be suspicious.

A former employer of one of the victims tells Action News one of the men who died in the fire was Anthony Park ... a young man who loved to hunt and fish ... and died too soon.

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