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.