SAN DIEGO — Police found a body inside a burned-out home in El Cajon Friday after an apparent attempt to resist an eviction led to a house fire.
Court service deputies with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department were serving a family-initiated eviction notice at 1282 Redwood Avenue for a man and his girlfriend who lived at the home, according to an El Cajon police news release.
Deputies attempted to enter the residence after receiving no answer at the door, discovering that a barricade had been set up from the inside.
“At that time, several incendiary devices with what appeared to be a flammable liquid were thrown in the direction of the deputies, immediately engulfing the structure in flames,” wrote ECPD Lt. Randy Souldard.
An adult woman, believed to be the girlfriend of the resident, managed to escape the burning home through a window, suffering moderate injuries, according to Souldard. The woman indicated that her boyfriend was still inside the house.
After firefighters extinguished the flames, ECPD began searching the home, where they found a person’s remains in a bathroom inside the residence. Authorities did not immediately confirm whether the body was that of the man they were looking for.
No other person besides the man was believed to be inside the home, Soulard said. El Cajon police are no longer searching for any outstanding suspects and do not believe there to be any threats to the public at this time.
The man was described by police as an El Cajon resident in his 60s. His identity is not being released at this time while police investigate and pending notification of next-of-kin, if necessary.
The woman injured in the fire was taken to a nearby trauma center with non-life-threatening injuries. She was described as an El Cajon resident in her 60s.
The residence was determined to be a total loss, however no neighboring structures were damaged by the blaze, Soulard said.
Officers from ECPD, crews from Heartland Fire and Rescue and San Miguel Fire Protection Unit and the Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson Unit all responded to the scene to fight the flames and search for possible suspects.
SkyFOX flew overhead Friday afternoon to find a badly-damaged, single-story home at the location provided by police. Several vehicles parked along the yard also appeared damaged. Firefighters still lined the street with at least two engines, and it was evident that it took a major effort to knock down the flames. No neighboring homes appeared damaged.
Authorities initially searched the area near the residence on Redwood Avenue near Ballard Street, west of Jamacha Road, in case anyone had escaped the home during the blaze, El Cajon Police Department said.
The mostly residential street where the fire burned is near Holy Trinity Church, Holy Trinity Catholic School and Lexington Elementary School.