Man Found in Azusa House Fire Identified

Coroner officials did not immediately release a cause of death, and still have not identified the two women also found dead in the home.

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    Three people were found dead inside this home after a fire ripped through the residence. Authorities said all three had gunshot wounds, but did not release a cause of death.

    A man found dead at the scene of a house fire in Azusa was identified Monday by the coroner's office, but the bodies of two women also found there have not been identified, according to the coroner's office.

    Police said all three had been shot, and added that there were “no outstanding suspects” being sought in connection with what is being characterized as a “crime.”

    Three Found Dead After Azusa House Fire

    [LA] Three Found Dead After Azusa House Fire
    An investigation under way following a deadly house fire in Azusa. Neighbors say they heard ammunition exploding during the fire. Firefighters later found the bodies of three adults inside. Beverly White reports from Azusa for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Dec. 6, 2012.

    Lt. Joe Bale of the coroner's office said the dead man was identified as George Edward Alva, 53, of Azusa. Bale said he did not immediately have access to the cause of death.

    Los Angeles County firefighters were called to the burning home at 525 N. Dalton Ave. around 2:45 p.m. Thursday, and authorities found the bodies, along with “numerous firearms, including a variety of rifles and handguns,” said Azusa police Lt. Mike Bertelsen.

    Bodies Found After Azusa Fire Had Gunshot Wounds

    [LA] Bodies Found After Azusa Fire Had Gunshot Wounds
    Three dead bodies found inside a home destroyed by a fire Thursday all had upper-body gunshot wounds, and the house was in foreclosure, police said on Friday. The circumstances surrounding the shootings were still unclear. Angie Crouch reports from Azusa for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2012.

    “There were also thousands of rounds of ammunition and several incendiary devices located,” Bertelsen said.

    The dead people were in their 50s, the coroner's office reported.

    “They were found to have gunshot wounds to their upper body,” Bertelsen said.

    Bertelsen said the coroner's office will have to determine the identities of the victims and the cause of death.

    “No other information related to the deceased is available at this time,” Bertelsen said. “There are no outstanding suspects in this crime, and it is actively being investigated.”

    Two dogs and two cats were found dead at the fire scene, Bertelsen said.

    Earlier, Bertelsen described what happened when the fire was discovered.

    “Witnesses were reporting that a large plume of smoke was coming from the garage area of the property,” Bertelsen said.

    “On arrival, officers saw the garage and house were fully engulfed by fire. There was also the sound of ammunition ‘burning off’ as the property burned.”

    Firefighters found the bodies inside the house after extinguishing the blaze, Bertelsen said.

    Sheriff's arson investigators were called to assist Azusa police detectives in the investigation. Representatives of the Azusa Code Enforcement Division, Azusa Light and Water Division and the Gas Company also were summoned.

    “A large amount of ammunition was located inside the house,” along with 12 rifles, 10 handguns and several “suspicious incendiary devices,” said Azusa police Sgt. Xavier Torres. Investigators were trying to determine if the arsenal was legally possessed and how the fire started.

    Anyone with information on the case is asked to call police.

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