Explosives were found on property where a man is believed to have perished after setting fire to a Foresthill mobile home as Placer County sheriff's detectives sought to serve a search warrant Tuesday.
The Sheriff's Office announced late Wednesday afternoon that remains had been found in the burned residence and a forensic anthropologist identified them as human remains.
A large amount of explosives on the property had to be denoted to render the scene safe following the fire, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.
Sheriff's detectives and members of the department's Special Enforcement Team attempted to serve a search warrant at the Baltimore Mine Road residence for drugs, firearms, ammunition and explosives, the news release said. The suspect had an extensive criminal history, according to the Sheriff's Office. Detectives had been investigating the suspect and the residence for several months for sales of methamphetamine, and being a felon in possession of firearms, ammunition and explosives.
When detectives arrived about 8:30 a.m., they called out for the man to exit the residence. He refused to come out and a fire was started in the living room, the news release said. The man fired several shots at deputies from inside the home. One round hit the sheriff's tactical rescue vehicle and the other went through a car and lodged in a nearby building. Deputies did not return fire, the Sheriff's Office reported.
Because of the gunfire and suspected explosives inside the home, deputies and firefighters were not able to approach the house to extinguish the fire, according to the news release, which noted that deputies could hear ammunition exploding inside the residence.
Contained to the home, the fire raged into the night under the watch of deputies. Two family members were evacuated from the home, which Lt. Andrew Scott, sheriff's spokesman, said was completely destroyed.
Explosives were discovered on the property near the suspect's residence Tuesday afternoon. The sheriff's explosive ordnance detail, with the help of the FBI, destroyed the explosives to ensure the safety of the community, the news release said. Included were blasting caps, powders and chemical mixtures used to make explosives.
Detectives remained at the scene Wednesday collecting evidence, and reported finding numerous firearms, including two sawed-off shotguns. The search for the suspect and additional evidence continues, the news release said.
The suspect, whose name has not been released, did not have any known history of mental illness, Scott said.
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