Person found dead following fire in Shingle Springs

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SHINGLE SPRINGS, Calif. (KTXL) — The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a deadly house fire in Shingle Springs.

Melted shingles and broken beams were all that was left of a home on Hillwood Drive.

“I saw these trucks this morning when I was going out to run an errand and I asked the deputy what was going on and he said, ‘Well, it’s just a structure fire.’ And I looked up there and I said, ‘Oh, it’s not just a structure fire,’” said neighbor Duana Nelson.

“They took an aggressive attack to not only try to knock the fire down but to get inside and search for any victims,” said El Dorado County Fire Chief Tim Cordero.

A body was discovered inside as 20 firefighters tried to keep the flames from spreading through a sleeping neighborhood around 1 a.m.

Now, it’s up to investigators to determine what went wrong.

“They’ll rule out everything. They’ll rule out accidental,” Chief Cordero said. “Was it electrical? Was there any faulty appliances? Any of those type of things; anything that could have caused the fire is on the table until they can rule it out.”

The identity of the person found inside the home was not made publicly available.

Brenda Collins told FOX40 her grown children called her early Wednesday morning when they heard about what happened at the Hillwood home where the four of them were raised.

“We moved in ’84,” Collins said. “My kids were little, went to kindergarten and all of that. Anyway, we had a lot of wonderful memories there.”

This story is developing.

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