Inside the vehicle was a body.
Sheriff’s homicide detectives were heading to the 300 block of Hambledon Avenue late Thursday night.
Lt. Joe Chavez of the sheriff’s Industry station said the van was parked in the the driveway of a residence but he didn’t know if the dead person lived there.
He said the station received a call about a structure fire in the 300 block of Backton Avenue at 10:06 p.m.
Deputies didn’t see a fire on that street. They spotted a burning van on nearby Hambledon Avenue, Chavez said.
Firefighters were also at the scene and extinguished the blaze.
The body was so badly burned coroner’s investigators could not immediately determine if it was that of a male or a female, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner’s Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation, however, “They believe it was accidental,” Lt. Victor Sotelo said.
The person’s cause of death remained under investigation as well.
- Staff report
EAST VALINDA — A construction crew ruptured a gas line at an Elementary School early Saturday, however no evacuations were needed, authorities said.
The crew was working at Northam Elementary School, in the 17800 block of Renault Street, about 7:45 a.m. when they damaged the gas line, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Victor Sotelo said.
No evacuations were necessary, and Southern California Gas Company officials were called to the scene to shut off the gas flow to the line, officials said. Repairs will continue Monday.
VALINDA — Authorities placed an elementary school on lockdown Thursday as they hunted for a burglary suspect.
The sheriff’s Industry Station received a call reporting a burglary in progress about 1:40 p.m. in the 15600 block of Doublegrove Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Victor Sotelo said.
Responding deputies spotted an intruder, described only as a Latino man, exiting the garage of a home, the lieutenant said. He ran from the deputies, initiating a search of the neighborhood.
As a precaution, officials placed nearby Baldwin Academy on lockdown as they conducted their search, Sotelo said.
Ultimately, the fleeing man was not found, he said. It was unclear if anything had been stolen from the home where the man was seen running from.
EAST VALINDA — A Rowland Heights resident was arrested Friday for allegedly stabbing one man in the neck and body during a fight then slashing another man who tried to intervene.
One of the victims was critically injured, said Lt. Joe Chavez. He didn’t know what started the fight.
Jose Garcia, 50, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon at the sheriff’s Industry station. A knife was recovered.
At 7:46 p.m., deputies headed to Giordano Street and Valley Boulevard on a call about two men fighting and a third man getting stabbed in the hand.
Chavez said the suspect and a 28-year-old man were fighting when a 37-year-old man tried to stop it. But the suspect allegedly slashed his hand instead.
The 37-year-old backed off. His assailant fled the scene.
The 28-year-old victim was taken to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center. Chavez said the man was in critical but stable condition. The other victim, the 37-year-old, was treated at the scene by paramedics and later released.
Chavez said a sergeant saw the suspect in the 17800 block of Valley Boulevard and arrested him.
- From Staff Writer Ruby Gonzales
EAST VALINDA — Two men suffered serious burns Wednesday when they lit a barbecue next to the gas tank of a car they were repairing, officials said.
The accident was reported about 10:50 a.m. in the 17400 block of Salais Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Raymond Enriquez said.
A 28-year-old man and his 56-year-old father, both local residents, were working on the gas tank of a 1992 Honda Accord prior to the accident, the lieutenant said.
“While they were working on the gas tank, they decided to grill some carne asada,” Enriquez said.
The flame from the barbecue in close proximity to the gas caused a “flash burn,” he said, which was reported by passersy-by.
Deputies initially found nothing when they checked the area, Enriquez said. About 20 minutes later, a woman called from a nearby home asking for help.
Officials found the father and son sitting on the sofa in the home, both badly burned.
The son suffered burns over about 70 percent of his body, Enriquez said. He was initially taken to Citrus Valley Medical Center — Queen of the Valley Campus, but then flown by helicopter to a burn center.
The father suffered burns over 30 to 40 percent of his body and was hospitalized at Queen of the Valley.