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Monk ID'd as Sept. 18 fire victim
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Masarin Visothea, 52, was the victim of a Sept. 18 fire that broke out at the Cambodian Buddhist temple in rural Ceres.

The Stanislaus County Coroner's Office released Visothea's name on Thursday.

The Buddhist monk died after he was overcome by smoke while trying to put out an electrical fire at the temple in the 3800 block of Roeding Road, just east of Mitchell Road.

Visothea was rushed by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, where he was pronounced dead after the 3:40 p.m. fire.

Ceres Fire Battalion Chief Bryan Hunt said the fire broke out when an electrical outlet was overloaded inside of a room used for worship. Visothea and others rushed to the room to put it out with a garden hose. He was overcome by the smoke and collapsed.

The fire had been extinguished by the time Ceres firefighters arrrived on scene.

The fire caused an estimated $2,000 in damage.