Woman, 3 girls found slain in California house fire

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) -- Firefighters in California have found the bodies of four homicide victims spread throughout a burning house in the city of Lancaster, north of Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says the bodies of a woman and three girls were found in different rooms in the home yesterday. A police spokesman says they all showed signs of "visible trauma" not associated with the blaze.

Only one of the bodies has been positively identified. The other three are so badly burned that identification could take days. A neighbor describes the children as "sweet little girls."

No one has been arrested and no suspects have been identified in either the killings or the fire. Detectives have questioned an 18-year-old man who was an "associate or friend" of the victims and had called police after hearing his name mentioned in news reports.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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