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Fire destroys home of man who killed Gilchrist County deputies

Cause of fire under investigation

The Gilchrist County Sheriffs Office confirms that the home of the man who killed two deputies burned down.
The Gilchrist County Sheriffs Office confirms that the home of the man who killed two deputies burned down.

BELL, Fla. – A fire destroyed the home of the man who shot and killed two Gilchrist County sheriff's deputies, then himself, sheriff's officials said.

The Bell home, about a 20-minute drive from the Trenton restaurant where John Highnote shot and killed Sgt. Noel Ramirez and Deputy Taylor Lindsey, caught fire Thursday night.

The fire was put out shortly before midnight.

Fire officials have not determined the cause of the blaze.

[PHOTOS: Fire destroys Bell home]

Highnote is said to have lived alone at the house. Neighbors told News 6 partner WJXT-TV that they rarely saw him.

Ramirez, 29, and Lindsey, 25, were eating lunch at Ace China in Trenton on April 19 when Highnote walked in and shot them, officials said. Highnote was later found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A motive in the case has not yet been released.

The slain deputies were laid to rest April 24 in a ceremony held at the Bronson Cemetery that brought together law enforcement officers from across the state who gathered to pay their respects.

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