Two people who died amid the flames of the Woolsey Fire in Malibu on Friday were found “severely burned” inside a car, sheriff’s officials said Saturday.
The deaths were first discovered about 4:45 p.m. in the 33000 block of Mulholland Highway, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a written statement.
Sheriff’s Chief John Benedict provided new information about the fatalities during a Saturday afternoon press conference on the wildfire, which has scorched more than 70,000 acres, destroyed well over 100 homes and left more than 200,000 residents of Ventura and Los Angeles counties under evacuation orders.
“We found two individuals that were severely burned, located in a vehicle along a long residential driveway,” Benedict said.
No further details, including a description of the victims, was available.
“We have homicide investigators continuing their investigation into the circumstances of those deaths,” Benedict said.
Because of the dangerous conditions created by the Woolsey Fire, detectives were not able to respond to the scene until Saturday morning, officials said.
Benedict said the sheriff’s department is utilizing more than 200 deputies to secure property.
“Those deputies are out there to particularly just to provide security for that property,” Benedict said. “So just to let you know, there is zero tolerance for any looting. If you have any qualms of going up and doing such things, you will be arrested. You will be prosecuted.”