The remains of the second victim in the Sandalwood Fire were identified as 61-year-old Hannah Labelle, it was announced Tuesday, Oct. 29, by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Labelle’s remains were found in the Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park a couple of days after the fire tore through parts of Calimesa, destroying 74 structures and burning about 1,000 acres. The Riverside County Coroner’s Office conducted an investigation to determine Labelle’s identity.

Earlier, a day after the fire started Oct. 10, the sheriff’s department had identified the remains of Lois Arvikson, an 89-year-old Calimesa resident. Both bodies were found in the mobile home park. Labelle was also a Calimesa resident.

The Sandalwood Fire began when a garbage truck driver dumped some burning trash and high winds turned it into a blaze.


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