A Rancho Palos Verdes home where "live ammunition" was found caught fire early Tuesday, leaving one dead and two injured, including a firefighter, officials said.
Crews responded to a single-story home on the 2000 block of Trudie Drive at around 12:30 a.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. They extinguished the blaze shortly before 1 a.m.
Craig Kelly Burns, 46, was transported to a hospital died, while a female victim in her 80s was being treated in the intensive care unit.
Neighbors said the victims were mother and son, and a virus the son contracted a few years ago left him dependent on a wheelchair.
“I can’t believe it," neighbor Mary Grgas said. "Such a nice man.”
One firefighter was hurt, the Fire Department tweeted, and two cats also died in the fire.
An official with the agency said "live ammunition" was found inside the residence, preventing first responders from rushing into the home initially.
Authorities provided no further details.
STRUCTURE FIRE: #FS83#2000block ofTrudieDr. #RanchoPalosVerdes #TrudieIC. 1 Story single family dwelling with smoke and fire showing from front. Firefighters made aggressive fire attack. 2 civilian injuries transported 1 critical. 1 firefighter injury transported to nearest. pic.twitter.com/axawAUlNQx
— L.A. County Fire Department (@LACoFDPIO) March 27, 2018