3 people found dead after fire breaks out at Riverside home, police say

Saturday, November 26, 2022
3 people found dead inside Riverside home after fire, police say
Three people whose bodies were found inside a Riverside home after a fire were believed to be victims of homicide prior to the blaze, police say.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) -- Three people were found dead Friday morning after a fire broke out at a home in Riverside and police believe they may have been victims of a homicide.

It happened at a home in the 11000 block of Price Court near the 91 Freeway.

According to Ofc. Ryan Railsback with the Riverside Police Department, officers conducted a welfare check at the home between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

He said the call came in regarding some sort of disturbance that was reported between a man and a woman near a vehicle.

"Before [officers] arrived and shortly after that call, some calls came into our dispatch center regarding a fire or smoke being seen at the same location," he said. "The fire department arrived on scene first and during the course of extinguishing the fire, they notified our officers they found three people deceased inside the house."

The victims were a man and woman whose names have not been released. Police believe they were dead before the fire. There's also no information regarding a suspect or suspects.

"We do believe they are victims of a homicide, but can't say other than that," said Railsback.

Brandi Kornegay, a witness who spoke with Eyewitness News, said she saw the three people being taken out of the home.

"I seen a man and a woman for sure and they were dragging them out by their feet and their heads were just hanging they were not moving," said Kornegay. "It was just smoke everywhere. You couldn't breathe, you couldn't see anything."

Rick Beavers, who lives in the neighborhood, said he spotted the fire from his home.

"Walk down to the corner, just about three houses down from here, I could see in the garage," he said. "The flames were six-foot high inside the garage. The day after Thanksgiving, it is kind of sad."

The woman involved in the initial reported disturbance was described as being safe with law enforcement after she was found in San Bernardino County. The whereabouts of the man in that disturbance have not been disclosed.

Police say there is no suspect at large at this time.

The incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to contact authorities.