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Sylmar house fire fueled by munitions leaves one dead

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Three homes were destroyed and one person was killed in an early morning fire in Sylmar that ignited munitions in one of the structures as firefighters struggled to put out the blaze.

Los Angeles firefighters responded to the scene in the 13700 block of Glenoaks Boulevard around 4:30 a.m. Sunday and found several structures on fire, authorities said.

Their efforts to put out the fire were hampered by the presence of munitions in one of the homes, according to Capt. Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The heat from the fire then triggered the ammunition, making it appear as if a gun was being fired, he said.

Once the fire was under control, firefighters found human remains in one of the structures as well as several firearms in one of the three homes on the property.

“I saw at least two, what appeared to be automatic weapons – copious amounts of ammunition lined up,” Scott told KTLA-TV. “This obviously concerns us – why did this come out?”

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Authorities had not yet released any information on the identity of the deceased. Dogs were being used to search for other human remains and the Los Angeles Police Department was assisting in the investigation.

Sunday morning, both departments were still on site.

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