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Man died in fire likely set intentionally near Walnut Grove, sheriff says

Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies are seeking suspects and information after a fire that was intentionally set on Monday morning near Walnut Grove left one man dead, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies were dispatched to the 14600 block of Isleton Road after fire personnel responded to the scene around 8 a.m. and found a man who had been burned, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Tess Deterding.

The man was transported to a hospital, she said. The man later died, according to a Facebook post by the Sheriff’s Office posted on Monday night.

The man’s death was ruled a homicide and three people have been detained for questioning, the post said. Homicide detectives are still investigating.

Walnut Grove Fire District could not immediately be reached for comment.

Deterding said Monday morning that deputies had information that led them to believe suspects might be nearby, so deputies cordoned off an area for their search. To assist in the search, the California Highway Patrol closed a portion of Isleton Road from the Isleton Bridge to Georgiana Slough Bridge.

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Molly Sullivan covers crime, breaking news and police accountability for The Bee. She grew up in Northern California and is an alumna of Chico State.