MERCED COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – Five people were pronounced dead, including three children, and two others, after a house fire broke out near Dos Palos Thursday morning, according to the Merced Sheriff officials.
The fire was first reported around 5:00 a.m. at a home on Batten Road and Julip Avenue.
Authorities have identified the victims as Ruben Andrade, 40, and Juanan Yanez, 35, Hector Andrade 1, Judith Andrade, 4, and Christopher Andrade 11.
According to CalFire investigators, the fire appears to be an accident and no evidence of foul play has been found at the scene.
Merced County Sheriff officials say Merced County Mental Health and the American Red Cross is currently with the family.
Authorities are asking that the public respect the family’s privacy at this time.