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5 men died in a fire at a home for disabled adults. Their families ask: Why didn't they get out?

5 men died in a fire at a home for disabled adults. Their families ask: Why didn't they get out?

Miguel Ferreyra was, from what his sisters remember, a baby in the body of a young man. He couldn’t talk. When he wanted something, he pointed and grunted. But physically, they say, he was always strong.

Jared Prudhomme had been diagnosed with autism at age 3. He also couldn’t talk, and he needed help with most of the tasks required for daily living. But like Ferreyra, he was physically able, his former caretaker recalled.

In late August, Ferreyra and Prudhomme were found dead inside the burned remains of a state-licensed and funded home for severely disabled adults in Temecula Valley wine country. The home’s administrator and two other men...

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