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Anderson fatal fire victims identified

Published On: Apr 02 2014 08:42:35 PM CDT
ANDERSON, Calif. -

The two victims in Tuesday morning’s fatal fire in Anderson have been identified.

The Shasta County Coroner’s Office said the victims are 56-year-old Ted Riley and his mother, 88-year-old Claudia Riley.

Fire crews responded to a house fire on the 3300 block of Thomas Avenue in Anderson just after 6:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Anderson Police said Claudia’s body had been there for several days and was decomposing. Officers also found Ted with a gunshot wound to his head and a handgun nearby.

The two victims were found lying in their beds in separate bedrooms. The man was found with a gun in his hand.

Fire investigators believe the flames were initially started with a gas accelerant found in the home, near the back of the house away from those bedrooms.