Sheriff: California house fire gang-related

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Updated: 7/23/2014 12:17 pm

PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff's officials in Central California say a house fire that claimed the life of a woman was started by gang members who mistakenly thought a gang dropout was there.

Forty-one-year-old Tonya Huff died over the weekend from burns she suffered in the February fire in Porterville. Tulare County Sheriff's Lt. Mark Gist tells KFSN-TV in Fresno investigators have now determined gang members fired a gun into the house and threw gasoline and a flame into Huff's room.

Gist says they thought a gang dropout was at the residence, but that wasn't the case.

Huff suffered third-degree burns.

Sheriff's officials are working to identify suspects in the attack. Gist says investigators have determined at least two suspects approached the house on foot.

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