Firefighters work at the scene of a fatal condominium fire in Rosemead on Feb. 28, 2019. (Credit: L.A. County Fire Department)
A person was found dead after a fire ignited Thursday afternoon inside a Rosemead condominium that was possibly involved in “narcotics activity,” authorities said.
Firefighters arrived to find smoke emanating from a bedroom window, he said.The fire was reported just before 5 p.m. at a two-story condominium building in the 8300 block of Rush Street, east of San Gabriel Boulevard, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Ron Singleton said.
“Upon the secondary search of the residence, which is standard procedure during a structure fire like this, one deceased victim was found inside the condo,” fire Capt. Tony Imbrenda said.
The victim had suffered burns and was pronounced dead at the scene, Deputy Ed Luna fo the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Information Bureau said in a written statement. The person’s age and gender were not clear.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau responded to the scene to take charge of the investigation, Luna said.
While fire officials initially said the condominium appeared to be used to grow marijuana, Sgt. Richard Biddle of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said that ultimately was determined not to be the case.
“There’s evidence of narcotics activity, possibility the sales of marijuana, at the location,” Biddle said.
No one else was at the condo at the time of the fire, he added.
It was not yet clear whether the victim died as a result of the fire, Imbrenda said.
“Due to circumstances inside the resident that gave firefighters reason to believe they may be in a crime scene,” firefighters withdrew from he building after extinguishing the flames and notified sheriff’s officials, he said.
Published: February 28, 2019
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