Two women whose bodies were found in a burning house near Placerville early Friday morning died of gunshot wounds, according to the El Dorado County Sheriffs Department.
The county coroners office identified the women as Carol Hague, 62, and Crystal Ann Ward, 58.
The manner in which the gunshot wounds were sustained is still under investigation, according to a sheriffs department news release.
A citizen reported the fire about 5:48 a.m. Friday at a residence in the 1600 block of Rose Lane, near Mosquito Road northeast of Placerville. The 911 caller said the occupants of the single-story house could still be inside the burning structure.
The first fire crew arrived at 5:51 a.m. to find the house heavily involved in fire. Firefighters began trying to extinguish the flames and entered the home with breathing apparatus in an attempt to find the occupants. They located the two women, who were pronounced dead at the scene.