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Fire tears through Encinitas home at center of drug investigations; body found

A body found following an early morning fire at a mansion in the Olivenhain area was that of a 23-year-old woman, who has yet to be identified, authorities said today.

The woman’s body was found in an upstairs bedroom around 9:45 a.m. Thursday, about six hours after the blaze erupted for unknown reasons at the roughly 3,500-square-foot home on Rancho Encinitas Drive near Caminito Ricardo, according to the county sheriff’s department and Medical Examiner’s Office.

Firefighters from several area agencies spent more than an hour working to get the intense flames under control.

Arson investigators collecting evidence inside the charred ruins of the house found the body and the corpse of a dog, sheriff’s Lt. Mark Moreno said.

A resident of the home who was able to get out of the burning structure was taken to a hospital to be treated for burns and cuts. His name and condition were not released.

Two days before Christmas, authorities served a warrant at the home in response to numerous complaints about alleged drug-related activity and other suspicious activities there. Six people, including the homeowner, were arrested on suspicion of various offenses, including narcotics crimes.

Moreno said sheriff’s personnel conducted several more searches of the premises over the next several months, with the most recent on July 14, and made more arrests for alleged drug- and warrant-related offenses.

This story has been updated since its original posting.


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