The remains of a second body were found in the Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park, where a fire ripped through the area Thursday afternoon and evening, forcing emergency evacuations and destroying 74 structures.

According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Unit, which is investigating with Cal Fire, the human remains of a second body were found in a burnt mobile home but they have not been identified. The Riverside County Coroner’s Office will determine the identity and the cause of death is under investigation.

Earlier, the sheriff’s department identified Lois Arvikson, an 89-year-old Calimesa resident, as the other human remains found in a burnt mobile home.

As of Sunday morning, Oct. 13, the 1,011-acre fire was 77 percent contained, according to a Cal Fire report. Evacuation of the mobile home park remains in place.

There are two site locations for those interested in making donations for fire victims, according to the city of Calimesa Facebook page.

Monetary donations of cash, checks or gift cards should be sent to Sanctuary Church, 1090 Fifth St., Suite 102, in Calimesa. Checks should be made out to the Sandalwood Incident Fund. Monies can also be sent electronically via

Material donations of clothing, toiletries, blankets, food, etc., may be taken to the Oak Valley Church, 13553 Calimesa Blvd., in Yucaipa.

The city requests to please not drop off any donations of any type at the shelter.


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