Home of man who killed two Gilchrist County deputies destroyed by fire

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Gilchrist County firefighters are investigating a fire at the home of the man who ambushed and killed two deputies at a restaurant last month.

Gilchrist County Fire-Rescue responded at 9:35 p.m. to calls of a house fire at 359 NW 45th Ave. in Bell. Firefighters say the house was fully involved when they arrived.

County records confirm the house belonged to John Hubert Highnote, who has been identified as the man who who gunned down Sgt. Noel Ramirez and Deputy Taylor Lindsey on April 19th after they sat down for lunch at a Chinese restaurant in Trenton. They say Highnote then killed himself inside his vehicle parked near the restaurant.

Gilchrist Fire Chief James Campbell said they believe the house was unoccupied at the time of the fire, though it did have active utilities. Campbell said they've determined the fire started in the garage, where they also found a vehicle, but they're still investigating the cause of the fire.

No one was injured and the house is considered a complete loss, Campbell said.

This is a developing story. Check back with CBS4 News in Gainesville as more details become available.

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