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Teen arrested after 4 found dead in house fire

Image: Fair Sky Estate fire
Four bodies were found inside this burned out home, seen here Tuesday, in Lancaster, Calif.Ron Siddle / Valley Press via AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

An 18-year-old man was arrested for investigation of four counts of murder Wednesday in the killings of a woman and three girls found slain in a burning house, authorities said.

Corey King of Altadena was in custody on $1 million bail, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Aura Sierra said.

Authorities called King an associate or friend of the victims when he was brought in for questioning Tuesday.

The four bodies were discovered in different rooms by county firefighters summoned to a house fire earlier Tuesday.

The victims showed signs of significant "visible trauma" not associated with the fire, sheriff's Lt. Patrick Nelson said. He declined to elaborate.

Detectives had begun questioning King on Tuesday night. He had called police after hearing his name mentioned on the television news as a person of interest, Nelson told the Los Angeles Times.

'Sweet little girls'
Just one of the bodies has been positively identified, coroner's investigators said Wednesday. The other three were severely burned and could take days to identify. None of the victims' names were released.

The scene Tuesday morning at 15th Street East and Ave. J-3 at Fair Sky Estates in Lancaster California of a structure fire and homicide of a woman and her three daughters. A family member is comforted at the scene. Firefighters discovered the bodies after extinguishing the fire which was reported just after 7 A.M., two of the girls attended nearby Lincoln Elementary School in Lancaster. .RON SIDDLE/Valley Press Sept. 9, 2008Ron Siddle / VALLEY PRESS

"They were sweet little girls," neighbor Margaret Lett told the Antelope Valley Press.

Nelson said the woman's car with one window smashed was found in the parking lot of a nearby Wal-Mart store.

Investigators believe the parking lot is a secondary crime scene connected with the homicides, Nelson said.

Lancaster is a city of about 145,000 residents in the Antelope Valley, about 70 miles north of Los Angeles.

Another quadruple homicide and fire took place in the same area in late June. The bodies of a mother, her two children and a relative were found stabbed and beaten and their house was burned. The woman's ex-husband and an alleged accomplice were arrested and charged with murder and arson.