Firefighting

Investigators Probe Cause of Deadly Sylmar (CA) Fire

Investigators say they still don’t know the cause of a deadly fire that ripped through a converted barn in Sylmar on Monday, killing a family of four, reports The Los Angeles Times.

Los Angeles Fire Department arson investigator Robert McLoud said authorities have ruled out all appliances in the home as possible sources for the fire.

“At this point, we’re still looking at all the utilities that were connected and looking at different avenues of how it may have started,” McLoud told The Times.

Investigators believe the fire started in the home’s living-dining area, adjacent to where a 12-year-old girl was sleeping.

“We’re definitely placing the fire on the first floor of the structure,” he said.

McLoud said canine units deployed to the scene Monday did not find any evidence of accelerants.

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