UPDATE: Man, three dogs die in NW-side fire after domestic violence call

Published: Jun. 18, 2016 at 2:44 PM MST|Updated: Jun. 18, 2016 at 4:07 PM MST
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After the fire was put out at this home on West Chapala Drive, authorities found a man's body...
After the fire was put out at this home on West Chapala Drive, authorities found a man's body inside. Photo: Kevin Adger / Tucson News Now

PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - An incident that began as a domestic violence call ended with one man and three dogs dead after a house fire early Saturday.

The call came in around 3 a.m. to a home in the 1400 block of West Chapala Drive – that's near North La Canada Drive and West Magee Road – according to Pima County Sheriff's Department Lt. Doug Hanna.

When deputies arrived, they found a woman trying to climb a back fence to get away from the house, and they found an elderly woman trying to get out of the house. They smashed a window to get her out, and as they did so, they smelled natural gas, Hanna said at the scene.

No sooner had they smelled the gas than there was a large explosion that blew some deputies back several feet, causing a sergeant to be transported to Northwest Medical Center.

Mountain Vista Fire District put out the ensuing fire, and deputies went back into the home, where they found suspect John Karamargin and three dogs dead inside, Hanna said.

Three other dogs were rescued.

Northwest Fire District and PCSD remain on scene investigating.

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