Garage Fire at Orangevale Home Turns into Crime Scene

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ORANGEVALE—

Investigators are at the scene of a fire turned crime scene Sunday evening.

Metro Fire units showed up to a home along Trajan Drive, near Cerromar Circle, a little before 7 p.m. after getting a report about a garage fire with a possible burn victim.

“We saw him coming out of his house and he was screaming pretty bad in a lot of pain,” said Amanda Edwards, a neighbor.

A man at the scene had to be taken to the hospital. He was suffering from injuries that look to be from an explosion.

“It almost sounded like a big piece of metal was slammed or dropped on the ground,” Edwards said.

Arson investigators and the sheriff’s bomb squad were soon called to the scene. FBI agents were also called to the scene.

Explosive components, including potassium chloride, ammonium nitrate, some black powder, charcoal and oxygen were found at the home, Sgt. Jason Ramos with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department said.

As a result, 10 homes in the area were evacuated as a precaution.

However, authorities note that it is too early to tell if the man was making explosives.

“With Fourth of July coming up, we just don’t know yet. We just can’t say for sure that this guy was trying to create an explosive device,” Ramos said.

The man taken to the hospital is reportedly in surgery as of Sunday night. He suffered injuries to his hands.

Cecilio Padilla contributed to this report.

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2 comments

  • Sparks87

    Wonder if this was the same guy that left the pipebomb at the bus stop in Citrus heights a while ago?

  • lbates91

    I highly doubt it. This guy works on a lot of bikes and things like that. It was a welding tank that exploded but he had more than one I think so it was suspicious. They're making it out to be more than it is.