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Three bodies found after Azusa house fire

December 7, 2012 |  7:14 am

Authorities said they found three bodies, along with dozens of weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition, after a house fire in Azusa.

Los Angeles County firefighters were called to the 500 block of N. Dalton Ave. around 2:45 p.m. Thursday after getting reports of a large plume of smoke coming from a garage, officials said.

By the time fire crews got there, the home was engulfed in flames, they said, and live ammunition "burning off" inside the house hindered the fight against the fire and prompted the evacuation of residents from nearby homes.

The blaze was knocked down by 4:03 p.m., and firefighters then found the bodies of a man and two women inside the house, police said.

Police subsequently discovered 12 rifles, 10 handguns, thousands of rounds of ammunition, gunpowder and several incendiary devices, authorities said. The L.A. County Sheriff's Department arson and explosives unit rendered the devices safe and burned off the gunpowder in the backyard, they said.

Azusa police are investigating the deaths. The victims have yet to be identified, officials said.

It remains unknown if they died in the fire or from a crime committed beforehand. Autopsies are to be performed to determine the exact cause of death, officials said.

According to police, the 911 calls reporting the fire came from neighbors, and nobody from inside the home called for help.

Court records show that the home had gone into foreclosure in June and was owned by MPH Property in Los Angeles.


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