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Historic Pilot Hill House Burns

A home in rural El Dorado County burned to the ground in mid-November.

The couple who lived inside are possibly dead, fire officials say two bodies were found inside the home.

The home in Pilot Hill is more than 100 years old, and there was a receipt on the wall from when it was purchased for $10.

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2 Bodies Found Inside Burned El Dorado Home


Two bodies have been found inside a burned home in El Dorado County.

The historic home in Pilot Hill burned Sunday evening. Because of the dark and safety concerns, fire investigators had to stay out of the home until Monday morning.

Once inside, they found two people. They are believed to be the couple who lives in the home, but the identities of the bodies have not been confirmed.

After the fire Sunday, family members worried the older couple was inside because their cars were in the driveway.

Fire investigators have not determined the cause of the fire at this time.


Family members are waiting to hear if their loved ones were lost in a house fire Sunday night in rural Pilot Hill.

James Stephens was troubled to see the cars belonging to his sister and brother-in-law were both in the driveway. He says the couple was getting older and finding it harder to get around.

“If he were in there, I know he would have gone to save her,” said Stephens.

The El Dorado County Fire District says it is holding off on a search of the house on Salmon Falls Road until firefighters are sure the home is structurally sound.

Stephens says the home is more than 100 years old, and the $10 receipt is still on the wall from when the property was first bought.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.