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Two people found dead in a home that burned in an upscale Reno neighborhood had heavily fortified the foreclosed house, apparently anticipating the sheriff's deputies who came to evict them, police said Wednesday.
They have not been positively identified but were believed to be Therese Christenson, 83, and her son, Gary "Axel" Christenson, 46, who had lived for decades in the house that was sold at a foreclosure auction in June.
Police SWAT teams surrounded the area, pointing guns at the house while firefighters poured water on the flames from a distance for about eight hours.
"It had been heavily fortified," Reno police Lt. Robert Nuttall said about the home, which sits in a gated community near a finely manicured golf course designed by famed architect Robert Trent Jones Sr.
Originally posted by no special characters
Reminds me of that story of the "loner" that rigged his house with explosives out of precaution.
Sad that people are putting their property over their lives....
I would rather be homeless than die in a fire. On the other side I understand it from a human perspective but still I think it was a bad decision.
Originally posted by Expat888
Sincere condolences to any next of kin they left behind.. Truly disgusting that money and material property mean more than human life there..
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