House catches fire during East L.A. SWAT standoff
An hours-long SWAT standoff at an East Los Angeles home took a turn Wednesday morning when a fire broke out at the residence.
The fire started shortly after 8 a.m., after authorities shot tear gas into the home in the 1000 block of North Alma Avenue. White smoke billowed and flames shot out the side of the house as firefighters hosed water onto the burning building, and investigators tried to determine the status of the man believed to be barricaded inside.
It was not immediately clear if the tear gas canisters sparked the fire or if it was set by the suspect.
The incident began around 1:30 a.m. when deputies responded to a call about a person with a gun and shots fired. When they arrived, a woman said she and her adult son had an argument and that her son was holding a gun.
The woman said he then walked into a bedroom and fired a shot, authorities said.
The man has refused commands to leave the house, authorities said.