LAGUNA HILLS (CBSLA) – A fire erupted Tuesday at a Laguna Hills home during a standoff with a suspect who was barricaded inside.
The standoff began at around 11 a.m. at a home on Greenfield Drive. At some point, a fire broke out.READ MORE: Hot Dog On A Stick's Offering 75-Cent Dogs On April 24 For 75th Anniversary
According to the Orange County Fire Authority, crews responded, but were forced to take a defensive position because it was not safe to enter the home.
It appears the original call was about a family dispute, but it may have been a dispute between neighbors, said Gail Krause, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department.
“When (deputies) arrived they tried to make contact but the door was locked and they noticed the smoke and open flames,” Krause said.READ MORE: Beverly Grove Homeless Encampment Cleared, But Residents Say Problems With Crime Have Not Gone Away
Orange County Fire Authority firefighters were in a “defensive posture,” having to pour water on the flaming house from a distance while a resident was barricaded in the home, Krause said.
They managed to put the fire out and keep it from spreading while deputies safely evacuated nearby homes, Krause said. The fire caused significant damage to the house.
Neighbors alerted deputies to the suspect, who was taken in to custody nearby shortly afternoon, she said.MORE NEWS: LA Animal Services Offering Reduced And Waived Fees For Pit Bulls, Cats
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