2 men found dead in man-made hillside cave in Northridge

Two men were found dead Sunday morning in a "human-dug" cave in a Northridge embankment, officials said.

The hollowed-out space was about 2 or 3 feet high. There is no foul play suspected in the men's deaths at this time, LAPD spokesperson Tony Im said.

An unknown white powder was found near the bodies, which spurred the Los Angeles Fire Department to call out a hazardous-materials team. An urban search and rescue team also was summoned to the site to determine whether the embankment where the cave was dug needed shoring up. It didn't.

The makeshift cave sits near a homeless encampment.

No further information was available at this time.

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