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LANCASTER, Calif. --
A teenager was arrested for investigation of four counts of murder Wednesday in the killings of a woman and three girls whose bodies were found in a burning house, authorities said.
Bail for Corey King was set at $1 million, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Aura Sierra said.
Authorities had called King, 18, of Altadena, an associate or friend of the victims when he was brought in for questioning Tuesday.
Los Angeles County firefighters found the victims' in different rooms of their burning house on Tuesday.
The victims showed signs of significant "visible trauma" not associated with the fire, sheriff's Lt. Patrick Nelson said. He declined to elaborate.
Just one of the bodies had been positively identified, coroner's investigators said Wednesday. The other three were severely burned and could take days to identify. None of the victims' names were released.
"They were sweet little girls," neighbor Margaret Lett told the Antelope Valley Press.
Nelson said the woman's car, with one window smashed, was found in the parking lot of a nearby Wal-Mart store. Investigators believe the parking lot is a secondary crime scene connected with the homicides, Nelson said.
Another quadruple homicide and fire took place in the same area in late June. A woman, her two children and another relative were found beaten and stabbed in their burned house. The woman's ex-husband and an alleged accomplice were arrested and charged with murder and arson.
Elsewhere, authorities in Irvington, N.J., entered a burning home Monday and found three people dead and a fourth fatally wounded, and they said the fire apparently was set to cover up a shooting. Two of the victims were teens who were shot in the head.
Lancaster is a city of about 145,000 residents in the Antelope Valley, about 70 miles north of Los Angeles.

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