[symple_googlemap title=”Seal Beach fire” location=”200 block of 17th Street, Seal Beach, CA” height=”300″ zoom=”16″]
A 67-year-old man and his dog were killed in a two- alarm blaze that destroyed a duplex in Seal Beach Saturday morning and was determined to be “suspicious in nature,” according to an Orange County Fire Authority spokesman.
The fire inside the two-story duplex in the 200 block of 17th Street was well-involved when firefighters responded to the scene at 12:15 a.m., according to OCFA Capt. Steve Concialdi.
“Firefighters found one man dead in the second floor apartment as they were battling the fire,” Concialdi said. “The man’s dog was found nearby him dead as well.”
The man was identified as Seal Beach resident John Donnelly, according to Seal Beach Police Sgt. Phil Gonshak.
“There were three other people living in the downstairs apartment but they were able to get out of the duplex safely,” Concialdi continued.
About 60 firefighters from the OCFA and Huntington Beach battled the blaze, Concialdi said. A knockdown was declared at 1:35 a.m., more than an hour after the fire was first reported.
Police evacuated nearby houses because of the amount of flame and smoke coming from the home, he added.
No other injuries were reported.
“Our fire investigators have determined the fire was suspicious in nature,” Concialdi said early Saturday morning.
The fire caused an estimated $500,000 damage to the duplex’s structure and about $20,000 damage to its contents, Concialdi added.
Anyone with any information regarding the cause of the fire was asked to call Seal Beach Police detective Pete Krok at (562) 799-4100, ext. 1110.
—City News Service