A man died Tuesday afternoon after allegedly barricading himself at a home in Elverta and was believed to have set the house on fire, authorities said.
The incident occurred at the house in the 2400 block of Covered Wagon Circle in Elverta in the Dutch Haven area just west of Gibson Ranch Park.
Deputies were called to the house shortly after 4 p.m. for a reported family dispute, said Sgt. Amar Gandhi, spokesman for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office. The 911 call reporting the family dispute ended before dispatchers could get more information.
Gandhi said there was a possibility a man was armed after allegedly barricading himself inside the house, but he said it was unclear if the man was armed with a weapon. He said initial reports of shots fired at the house appeared to be unfounded.
Firefighters initially attacked the house fire, but later took a defensive stance to prevent the flames from spreading to nearby homes.
Metro Fire PIO Captain Parker Wilbourn said that firefighters got the fire under control and found the man dead inside. It is believed the man who barricaded himself in the house started the fire, but the cause of the blaze is still under investigation.
This story will be updated with more information as it becomes available.