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Fire in Banning leaves one person dead

One person is dead after an abandoned two story department store in Banning went up in flames.

Firefighters were called to the Mathewson’s department store around 5:30 Saturday morning. When they arrived they found burnt human remains. Authorities couldn’t tell what the gender of the victim was, but said the building was a site where transients often went for shelter from the cold. No word on how the fire started. The building that has been vacant for several years is a total loss.

KESQ News Team

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