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House Catches Fire During East L.A. Standoff

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — A fire broke out Wednesday morning at a home in East L.A. where a SWAT standoff had been going on for hours.

The fire started shortly after 8 a.m., after L.A. County Sheriff’s Department SWAT officers shot tear gas into the residence.

ela-flamesSky5 was overhead as white smoke billowed and flames shot out the side of the house. Firefighters quickly got a handle on the blaze.

Authorities said it appeared the fire was started by the tear gas and the suspect was not inside the home.

The incident began around 1:30 a.m., when deputies responded to a call from the 1000 block of N. Alma Avenue about a person with a gun and shots fired.

When they arrived, they were told by a woman that she and her adult son had an argument, and her son was holding a gun.

The son then went into his bedroom and fired a weapon.

The suspect was seen walking throughout the residence, but he refused to comply with deputies’ commands to exit the home.

Authorities waited while they obtained a search warrant to enter the residence.

It’s not believed that the man is wanted in connection with any other crime. Police evacuated the surrounding residents as a precaution.