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Emerald Hills house blaze kills mother and son

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SAN DIEGO (CNS/CBS 8) - A smoldering cigarette caused a fire at Emerald Hills residence Saturday that killed an elderly woman and her son.

Junko Torrey and her son, Dwight were killed by the fast moving fire, which broke out around 2:30 Saturday morning on Kelton Road.

Approximately 25 firefighters were sent to the blaze at 2:36 a.m. in the 1300 block of Kelton Road, near Roswell Street, according to Maurice Luque, spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Firefighters arrived to find the house engulfed in flames, but were able to subdue the blaze within 16 minutes, Luque said. The subsequent search of the hulk uncovered the two victims, who were taken to an area hospital, where both were pronounced dead.

The blaze caused $350,000 in damage to the residence and $150,000 in damage to the contents inside, Luque said.

Firefighters say smoldering cigarettes are one of the leading causes of residential fires they have.

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