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Update 6:45 p.m. - The fire destroyed one home and damaged a neighboring residence before fire officials were able to douse the blaze.  Authorities have not yet disclosed the fates of the homeowner and his wife, however the investigation has been turned over to the Homicide Unit.  Neighbors have told other media that the homeowner was despondent because he and his wife had lost their jobs, faced foreclosure, and because the wife had cancer.

January 1, 2011 (Santee)—Firefighters are on the scene of a two-alarm fire at 8564 Clifford Heights Road in Santee that has swiftly spread to an adjacent structure.


“There is a person inside that said he set the fire and may have shot his wife,” San Diego Sheriff’s Lt. Jim Duffy told East County Magazine.


The man called authorities and warned that he would shoot any officials who tried to stop him, the Sheriff's Dept. confirms.


Incident Page Network reports the suspect has barricaded himself inside and is believed to be armed and suicidal.  Firefighters remain staged due to the armed occupant.   Watch for details and updates soon.

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