FONTANA (CBS) — Investigators on Friday sought to determine what may have sparked an explosion at a Fontana home that left one resident dead and a neighborhood shaken by the blast.

As many as forty firefighters from San Bernardino County, Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga responded to a call shortly after 9:15 p.m. on Thursday night in the 14400 block of Southwood Drive after several explosions were reported.

Crews had the blaze out within a little over a half-hour after their arrival, but they were unable to save the sole occupant in the residence.

CBS2’s Kara Finnstrom reports the coroner’s office has confirmed the victim is a male in his 50s and a Fontana resident, but so far have not released his identity.

Arson investigators have already labeled the fire as “suspicious” after finding the garage door had been blown off by the force of the blasts and thrown about 40 feet into the cul de sac.

Neighbors said a family with at least one child lived in the home, but firefighters said there were no other injuries reported.

One neighbor recalled hearing the blast when it happened.

“I was just watching TV and then all of a sudden, I just hear an explosion,” said resident Jose Delgadillo. “At first I thought it was an earthquake or something fell, you know a tree or something.”

“I go outside and I see the whole house is on fire,” he added.

Some neighboring families evacuated as fire crews worked to put out the flames.

Officials with the San Bernardino County Fire Department along with the San Bernardino County sheriff’s arson bomb team are continuing to investigate the fire.

Comments (6)
  1. Jerry Wilson says:

    Dude, thats just not making much sense at all man!

  2. lorena says:

    my prayers and deepest condolences to the family … rest in peace …. I do hope that they can find out what happen, was a gas leak. electric fire or did someone set fire on the house arson,what were ever did happen I am sorry for your lost very sad and tragic deft…. god give the family strength,comfort,peace and abundance in life, god bless

  3. Smart Amy says:

    Meth lab buds….

    1. ted says:

      Exactly, Fontana, house explodes, probablyright.

  4. imn0tanatm4govt says:

    I am a coworker of Luis. It is a case of disgruntled marriage. We were just shocked at work. He was such a nice person. the bomb squad and police were at our work doing a sweep for bombs this morning. you never know about people. God bless the family during this time of their suffering. It has touched a lot of lives.

  5. Saul says:

    May prays go out to the family of luis feel so bad for the family he was a really nice person!!!!

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