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Dentist kills himself in ruins of home burned in wine country fires

SANTA ROSA, CA -- OCTOBER 15, 2017 -- Search and Rescue workers prepare the grim task of trying to f
Searchers comb the wreckage of a fire-damaged home in October.
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Authorities say a 70-year-old man apparently shot and killed himself amid the remains of his home that burned in last month’s Northern California firestorms.

The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported Monday that Greg Mlynarczyk was a well-known dentist in Santa Rosa.

Sonoma County sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Crum said Mlynarczyk’s wife and an insurance adjuster found him dead Saturday at the house in the hard-hit Fountaingrove neighborhood.

His family and his office declined comment.

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Mlynarczyk was a Nevada native who went to college at the University of Oregon and dental school at the University of Southern California.

He was a member of a group of horse riders called the Sonoma County Trailblazers. His website says he enjoyed the “camaraderie of this group on the trail ride or at the hog feed.”


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