HUFFINGTONPOST.COM - A raging fire that broke out at a Modesto apartment during a standoff was mostly out early Friday, but the status of a suspect in the shooting deaths of a deputy and a civilian was still unknown, police said.
Firefighters were still at the scene around 6 a.m. PDT putting out spot fires, Modesto police officer Chris Adams said.
"We are hoping to get inside within the next few hours, once daylight breaks," he told The Associated Press.
The blaze erupted late Thursday night, hours after a sheriff's deputy and a civilian were shot to death as authorities tried to serve an eviction notice in the central California city.
It was not clear how the fire began, but the Modesto Bee reports that the county sheriff has acknowledged that flash-bang devices and tear gas could have been responsible. Adams did not provide details of damage to the building. click here to read more