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Two Dead In Fiery Crash Possibly Caused By Street Racing

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Two people are dead and a third severely injured after a fiery crash in Anaheim that police believe was linked to street racing.

According to the Orange County Register first responders were called to the 1700 block of W. Ball Road when a car crashed onto the patio of an apartment building and burst into flames. Two males were found dead inside, and a third male was found outside of the car suffering from severe burns. Police say the car was possibly racing down Ball Road with another car when it jumped the curb, sheared a light pole and hit several parked cars before coming to a stop and bursting into flames.

The third victim was suffering from second- and third-degree burns and was taken to the hospital in critical condition but expected to survive. "It is believed he was in the vehicle, but it is not known if he was ejected or self-extricated," Sergeant Daron Wyatt of the Anaheim Police Department told ABC 7.

The fire was so severe that police say "no demographics were distinguishable" from the victims, and the car's make and model could not be immediately determined. KTLA reports the fire only caused minor structural damage to the apartment building.

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A resident who lives across the street from the crash said street racing was a common occurrence on the street and told the O.C. Register that she heard several loud bangs during the fire, suggesting the car was equipped with nitrous oxide canisters for speed.

Police are still searching for the other car, which is believed to be a red sports car similar to a Camaro or Mustang. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS.