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Courtesy San Bernardino County Fire Department

Coroner identifies man killed in motel fire

HESPERIA • The man killed in a motel fire early Thursday has been identified by the Coroner's Division of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

John Augustine Connell, 61, of Hesperia was found dead when firefighters arrived at the Thrifty 6 Motel in the 14300 block of Main Street.

The cause of the 1:24 a.m. fire, which also displaced 15 occupants, was undetermined but found to be unintentional, fire investigators said.

The fire destroyed four rooms and damaged eight others at the 14-room motel, San Bernardino County Fire Department officials said.


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