Body Found in Tulare County Grocery Store Fire

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Investigators said a fatal fire at a South Valley business may have been started by a burglar. It happened on Cairns Avenue at Avenue 196 in Plainview ... East of Strathmore.

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Firefighters were called to "Brothers Market" in Plainview -- just after 3:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. Inside -- they found the body of 29-year-old Juan Gabriel Gonzalez. Officials believe the fire started in a small apartment attached to the back of the store.

Gonzalez was found in a storage area of the store. Investigators said it appears Gonzalez broke in through the roof of the market and after he started the fire -- didn't make it out.

An autopsy of Gonzalez is scheduled for Thursday.

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