Body found inside Ramona house destroyed by fire

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RAMONA, Calif. — Firefighters extinguishing a blaze that gutted a home near Dos Picos County Park Thursday found a body inside the charred ruins, authorities reported.

Flames began spreading through the roughly 2,000-square-foot house in the 18200 block of Dos Picos Park Road about 9 a.m., according to Cal Fire.

The blaze destroyed the residence and burned some nearby vegetation before crews were able to gain the upper hand, said Kendal Bortisser, a fire captain with the state agency.

It was not immediately clear if the victim had been a resident of the home.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, Bortisser said.

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