Despite rapid extinguishment, a man in his early 40’s lost his life in a South Los Angeles fire.
At 5:25PM, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to 817 W 106th Street for a reported structure fire. Crews arrived to find heavy fire showing from the front of a 944 square foot single family dwelling.
Firefighters immediately initiated an interior attack and roof ventilation operation while the command team received reports of a person possibly still inside. During a primary search of the home, the male victim was located and determined to be beyond medical help.
32 firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief Kristine Larson, achieved a knockdown of the fire in 16 minutes. Their quick work ensured the fire was contained to the front portion of the structure.
The American Red Cross responded to provide assistance to four displaced residents. The home, built in 1923, did not have smoke alarms.
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The cause is under investigation by the LAFD Arson and Counterterrorism Unit Section (ACTS) and the dollar loss is being tabulated. The official cause of death and identification of the victim will be determined by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner.
Dispatched units: E264 T64 E57 E65 RA65 E233 T33 RA833 BC13 RA864 RA257 EM13 EM11 AR2 AR1 AR21 AR11 AR15 PH1 E64 CM22