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Authorities investigating the deaths of two men found Wednesday at a Sea Ranch home said a generator sat inside the house turned on with an empty fuel tank, Sonoma said. The county sheriff’s office said Thursday.
The two men were identified as Jean Beauchamp, 74, of Corsa, and Phil Mabley, 61, of Biggs, County Butte.
While the county coroner worked to determine the exact cause of death and when the man died, Deputy Sheriff’s Office spokesman Rob Dillon said Thursday that evidence in the home indicated carbon monoxide poisoning. Said there was
He said the Spinnaker Claus home where the man was found had a distinctive odor of smoke, and there were no signs of foul play or trauma, Dillon said. There was no indication that it was a suicide attempt.
In Thursday’s update to its investigation, the ministry issued a public warning against the use of generators in buildings, noting that it could lead to deadly smoke build-up.
The sheriff’s office did not disclose how the generators were arranged, but up to 20,000 homes lost power and hundreds of sea ranches lost power after the Jan. Homes remained without power until at least Tuesday night. Businesses throughout Sonoma County.
If storm-related fallout is at play, the death toll rises to four this week, the highest number in Sonoma and Mendocino counties since the most severe storm activity began on January 4. Become.
The man’s body was first discovered Wednesday morning by tree workers who had come to remove previously fallen fir from the house on the east side of Highway 1. After getting no response at the door, the crew entered the house and found a dead body, Dillon said.
Deputies and California Fire Department personnel were then dispatched to a home on the 300 block of Spinnaker Close around 11:20 a.m., according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Cal Fire firefighters found the men in separate bedrooms and declared them dead, the sheriff’s office said.The department did not disclose the relationship between the two.
Dillon said the death appeared to be unrelated to the tree that fell on the roof of the house. He did not know who called the tree crew to the address.
The generator was found in the hallway, switched on and the fuel tank empty, the agency said.
Sea Ranch is a planned community of approximately 1,900 homes along the northernmost Sonoma Coast. Multiple residents contacted by The Press Democrat said they were unaware of the two men found in her home.
Neither man appears to be connected to the home from property records, according to county officials.
Attempts to contact the listed owners of the homes involved were not immediately successful on Thursday.
Sea Ranch officials say about one-third of the homes in the community are in full-time use, one-third are weekenders, and the rest are vacation or long-term rentals.
Menka Sethi, community manager for The Sea Ranch Association, declined to comment.
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