2 bodies found after fire rips through Sylmar home with thousands of rounds of ammunition

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Sunday, December 3, 2023
2 people, dog found dead after ammunition explodes during Sylmar fire
Firefighters who battled a deadly house fire in Sylmar found rounds of ammunition exploding among the flames.

SYLMAR, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Authorities found two deceased people and a dog, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition and multiple firearms in the rubble of a burned Sylmar home Sunday.

Rounds of ammunition exploded as flames ripped through the home on Glenoaks Boulevard and some firefighters were concerned that someone was firing at them.

"They did hear ammunition going off," said Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Erik Scott. "It was going off in such a pattern that they weren't sure if it was being shot live from a gun, or if it was just ammunition that was stored that was getting heated, cooked off and started to pop."

The fire was reported around 4:40 a.m. in the 13000 block of North Glenoaks.

The flames burned through the main house and then spread to two back houses, which all sustained major damage.

Firefighters extinguished the fire in a little over an hour. Once it was out, officials say they found multiple weapons, thousands of rounds of ammunition, and the remains of a man, a woman and a dog in the rubble. The woman's body was found in the home's pool.

It wasn't immediately clear if they died as a result of the fire.

No other injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is unknown.