Central Valley

July 2, 2013

Person burned, dogs die in Visalia dispute

A domestic dispute in Visalia turned violent Saturday when one person set fire to the other person and their home, Visalia officials said Sunday.

Police officers responded to the 3100 block of North Carson Street around 3:20 p.m. after receiving reports of a house on fire with burn victims.

When officers and firefighters arrived, they learned that there was a domestic disturbance between a man and woman, who lived in the house, police said.

During the dispute, police said, the suspect threw a flammable substance onto the victim and set the victim and the house on fire. Both people were taken to an area hospital where they were treated for burns, police said.

Police and fire officials did not identify the victim or the suspect, or indicate whether the victim was a man or a woman.

Two dogs were recovered from the house but did not survive, the Fire Department said.

Five engines, two trucks, two chief officers, and a total of 23 fire personnel responded. They got the fire, which started in the living room, out in 15 minutes, the department said.

Damage to the house was estimated to be about $100,000 while damage to the contents was estimated at $40,000.

The Visalia Police Department Violent Crimes Bureau and the Visalia Fire Department are investigating the the fire.

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