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Body found inside burning million dollar drug house

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ENCINITAS (CBS 8) – A two-alarm fire Thursday morning tore through a $1.5 million home in Encinitas, which was once the center of an investigation into drug-related activities that culminated in half a dozen arrests.

A man who had been living at the home was burned and taken to UC San Diego Medical Center with unknown injuries. 

"He came over the edge of the roof and he looked over. It was too far. He didn't want to jump so he sat down there, and then he laid down. We thought he passed out," said Derek Gietzen, a neighbor. 

Neighbor Pastor Derek Gietzen and others made a platform for the 40-year-man. The pastor did not care about the home's drug reputation. He wanted to save the man as the flames engulfed the home. 

"We put a barrel down. We put a table on top of the barrel, but we still couldn't reach him, and he was right there just laying there, flames were coming right next to him. We were screaming at him, 'dude you just gotta roll off the roof and land on the platform we made'" he said. 

The pastor's 17-year-old son was right next to his father watching the events unfold. 

"I thought, oh my gosh I am going to stand here and watch this guy burn with my 17-year-old son! Please God no! I don't want that to happen," said Pastor Gietzen. 

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department reported that a dead body and a dead Mastiff Max were found inside the home. The body was later identified as a woman's body, according to Sheriff's. 

It remains unclear if the fire killed the woman, or if she was already dead. 

The Mastiff Max was killed due to the fire, according to investigators. 
The fire was located at 1507 Rancho Encinitas Drive and erupted for unknown reasons around 3:45 a.m., according to the county sheriff's department and North County fire officials. Crews had the blaze contained as of about 5:10 a.m., a fire dispatcher said.

Detectives searched the home, looking evidence as to the cause of a fire that tore through the million dollar home and sent heavy plumes of smoke into the air. 

"Due to the large volume of fire, we were unable to make access and we proceeded to make a defensive attack," said Deputy Fire Chief Mike Stein with the Encinitas Fire Department.

Neighbors said there's noise at all hours of the day at the home. Others said around 3:45 a.m. Thursday a man, in his 30's or 40's, jumped off the roof and suffered burns and cuts to his arms and legs. 

Sheriff's deputies reported that this house is notorious for drugs and criminal activity. Firefighters and a bomb and arson unit team said they discovered secret rooms built to hide drugs and people. 

"Safety for the community. I wouldn't want anybody like this living in my neighborhood,” Lt. Mark Moreno, SD County Sheriff: 

search warrant was served at the 3,500-square foot house near Caminito Ricardo in December after the sheriff's department received numerous complaints about suspicious and alleged drug-related activity there.

In December 2015, six people, including the homeowner Anastasia Kirby, were arrested on suspicion of various offenses, including drug offenses and felony warrant arrests. As of this report, Kirby’s whereabouts are unknown.

"Since then we've been out here several times and made seven arrests since that December time," Lt. Mark Moreno, SD County Sheriff:

Sheriff's deputies said they've been monitoring this house for 18 months. The house will be boarded up and authorities will be here all day tearing through walls during the investigation.

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