AGOURA HILLS (CBSLA) – A body found Tuesday in a charred Agoura Hills Home in the Woolsey Fire burn area is believed to belong to a man in his 70s.
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirmed to CBS2 Wednesday that the body was found at a scorched home in a remote canyon in the 32000 block of Lobo Canyon Road. The area around the home was completely scorched by the fire.
L.A. County Sheriff’s homicide detectives at the scene told CBS2 they responded to the residence Tuesday after neighbors reported that the homeowner had not been seen since the Woolsey Fire broke out. Cadaver dogs found the man’s body in the burned out shell of the home, the sheriff’s department said.
“He may have been sitting in a chair, and we were able to remove the rubble and he was there,” said L.A. County Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred.
Coroner’s investigators were called out to identify the victim’s remains.
The community began to rebuild while mourning the death of the unidentified man who was found the property where flames raced up the hill.
“Just a nice soul. He recently lost his wife, six or seven months ago. He had some heart attacks, was so stressed out about his wife dying,” said neighbor Richie DeLuca.
This could be the third victim of the Woolsey Fire. The badly burned bodies of two people were found Nov. 9 inside a burned vehicle in a long driveway in the 33000 block of Mulholland Highway in Malibu. Sheriff’s detectives believe the vehicle may have become engulfed in flames when the driver became disoriented.
The 97,000-acre Woolsey Fire broke out around 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 in the area of Alfa Road and East Street, south of Simi Valley. On Nov. 9, it jumped the south side of the 101 Freeway at Chesebro Road near Calabasas and began spreading into Malibu.