Firefighters outside the the burned home in Van Nuys. Courtesy OnScene.TV
Firefighters outside the the burned home in Van Nuys. Courtesy OnScene.TV

Three firefighters were injured battling a fire Saturday morning at a vacant home in Van Nuys that was occupied by squatters and where one person was found dead inside.

Two firefighters were rushed to an area hospital with second degree burns and another was treated at the scene and released, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart

The blaze inside a home at 14015 Archwood St. ignited at 4:05 a.m., Stewart said.

The department dispatched 26 firefighters to the scene and knocked down the fire in about 20 minutes, she said.

When firefighters entered the building they found one person dead inside, she said. The person’s gender and age were unknown. The name will be withheld pending notification to next of kin.

Firefighters also discovered the house was illegally being used by squatters. It’s unknown whether the squatters caused the fire, but fire department arson investigators were called to the scene, she said.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

— City News Service

 

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