Update Oct. 2, 2012
As reported by Cynthia Elkins on KMUD Local News for Tues., Oct. 2, 2012:
"KMUD news reported yesterday that neighbors believed two men killed in a structure fire in Potter Valley this weekend were an elderly father and his mentally disabled son. The Mendocino County Sherriffâ€™s office confirmed that today, officially releasing the names of the two men. Earle McDaniel was 87 years old. His son Wesley McDaniel was 55. Firefighters say the mobile home was engulfed in flames too quickly to rescue the men. Two adults and three children reportedly were locked in the yard behind a gate without a key, getting out with the aid of firefighters just before propane tanks began exploding around the property. Police believe the nature of the fire is suspicious but they have not released further details of their investigation at this point."
Original post with Audio clip:
According to a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, dated Sept. 29, 2012:
On 9-29-2012 at approximately 8:10 AM, Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies and California Highway Officers were dispatched to the listed location to assist Potter Valley and Cal Fire in regards to a fully engulfed residential fire. On arrival, deputies learned that family members had vacated the residence during the fire, but possibly two victims remained inside and were unaccounted for. Deputies then contacted detectives who responded to the location. During the fire investigation, two victims were located inside the burnt structure.
Mendocino County Detectives along with Cal Fire Investigators are continuing the investigation into the cause and origin of the fire along with identifying the two deceased victims. Further information will be released in the coming week.
Use the player below to hear the report on this incident aired on Mon. Oct. 1, 2012 by KMUD News Coordinator, Cynthia Elkins.