The deadly fire at an auto mechanic shop near Compton that killed a mother and her 12-year-old daughter appears to be accidental, Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. John Corina said Monday.
He said it would be very difficult to re-create the site to determine exactly how the fire was sparked because a bulldozer used to help search for bodies had destroyed the scene.
Fire and sheriff's officials have described the property as having "pack-rat-like conditions" with illegal structures and no business permits. The family was not legally permitted to live on the property, which was zoned for industrial use.
Los Angeles County building inspectors said...