January 2, 2024 Firefighters working to extinguish a fire at a home near Arcadia this morning found three people dead inside. (Photo RMG News)
Firefighters found three people dead and two injured after a fire broke out at a home in the unincorporated county area near Arcadia early Tuesday morning, Jan. 2.
The fire in the 5300 block of Tyler Avenue also damaged a two-story home, its garage and three of the four cars parked in the driveway.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Firefighters received a report of a structure fire at 1:01 a.m., and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a garage fire a few minutes later. Firefighters extinguished the fire at 1:31 a.m., Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman Esteban Benitez said.
It added that two people were taken to the hospital.
Benitez did not know where the three bodies were found.
The coroner’s office has not yet identified the deceased, but said they were two men and one woman. Sheriff’s Lt. David Hernandez said all the victims were adults.
Luz Harmon, who lives nearby, heard a noise just after 1 a.m.
“I hear a BOOM! BOOM! And that woke me up,” she said.
Harmon looked out the window and saw lots of smoke, flames and firefighters. She described the explosion as similar to the sound of a large car catching fire at her brother’s home in Mexico many years ago.
An elderly couple is said to live in the house where the fire occurred. She added that she didn’t know them, but they shook her hand.
“They’re very quiet, polite people,” Harmon said.
There are two homes on the property where the fire occurred. A two-story house and garage are in the front, and a smaller house is in the back near the pool.
A Prius and two other cars parked near the remains of the garage were burned. No damage was found to the fourth vehicle, a Porsche Macan S.
The property next door is a vacant lot overgrown with grass, and neighbors say the house there was demolished a year ago.
Christian Salcedo and Sofia Muñoz were among those who stopped by the scene Tuesday morning. I heard that three people died and two were taken to the hospital.
“It’s very sad,” Salcedo said.
When he returned home around midnight, he said he could smell smoke.
“We thought it was a bonfire,” Munoz said. “I had no idea the house was on fire.”