GLENDORA – Firefighters put out a massive house fire and found a body inside the charred residence late Thursday, officials said.
The body was believed to be that of a woman in her late-70s who lived with her husband in the home in the 900 block of East Cypress Avenue with her husband.
But she had not been officially identified Friday, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
Authorities did not deem the fire suspicious.
“At this point, there is no evidence of suspicious circumstances,” Glendora police Sgt. Mike Randazzo said.
Los Angeles County Fire Department arson investigators suspected smoking materials may have sparked the fire, however an officials cause would likely not be determined until next week, Glendora police Sgt. Marty Amayo said.
The fire broke out at 11:09 p.m.
Police responding to 9-1-1 calls found a man in his 80s outside the house, Randazzo said.
“He told us that he believed his wife was still inside the house,” he said.
Due to the smoke and flames, Randazzo said the officers couldn’t get inside the house.
The fire was knocked down at 11:47 p.m., Pickett said. Firefighters then discovered the body.
“She was towards the back door of the house,” Randazzo said.
The fire appeared to have initiated in a family room toward the rear of the home, Amayo said.
Glendora police and arson investigators from the Los Angeles County Fire Department are investigating the fire.
Pickett said the fire department’s investigators are called in whenever there is a fatality in a fire.
But as of Friday, Amayo said, “It seems like it was just a tragic accident.”
– Brian Day and Ruby Gonzales