Indian ceremonial burn of home of deceased leads to calls

San Pasqual Reservation, California (AP) 4-08

A Native American tradition of burning down a home after the owner dies led to a flurry of emergency calls as smoke billowed skyward southeast of Escondido.

The tribe set the home on the San PasqualReservation ablaze.

Cal Fire dispatcher Shannon King says the plume of smoke prompted many calls to the fire emergency communication center.

King says it is a tradition in some tribes to burn someone’s home and its contents after a death so the spirit of the deceased can be released from physical possessions.

There are no details about the deceased homeowner on the reservation.