ALPINE, Calif. – Firefighters found a man’s body while extinguishing a house fire in Alpine Tuesday afternoon, a sheriff’s lieutenant said.
The blaze in the 1400 block of Marshall Road in Alpine erupted for unknown reasons shortly before 2 p.m., according to sheriff’s officials.
Emergency personnel arrived to find the home engulfed in flames, Lt. Robert Smith said. It took engine crews about 10 minutes to get the fire under control.
Neighbors identified the victim as 55-year-old Darrell King.
According to the landlords, King and his wife had been renting the house for the last two years, but was in process of being evicted after not paying rent for months.
Others in the neighborhood describe him as a “horrible neighbor” and a “difficult person.”
Deputies have been called to the house on several occasions, including Tuesday morning when an altercation took place, according to the sheriff’s department. Judy Bonjorno, a homeowner in the area, said King broke a window, but deputies did not cite or detain him.
A sheriff’s department spokesman said no laws were broken and no crime was committed, so they left. Neighbor Gloria Moss said King threatened to burn down the house as soon as deputies left.
It now appears he made good on his promise.
A team of arson investigators came to the house to determine how the fire started. Their findings were not made public Tuesday evening.
The San Diego Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine how King died.