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The body of a 17-year-old boy was found Tuesday at the scene of a fire that damaged a detached converted garage in the Hyde Park area, and a person was detained by police in connection with the possible arson blaze.

Firefighters sent to the 4800 block of Crenshaw Boulevard shortly before 9 a.m. extinguished the flames in about 15 minutes and discovered the teen dead, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. His name was withheld, pending family notifications.

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Neighbors told reporters at the scene his name was Elijah, and he had just graduated from high school and was planning to attend Cal State Los Angeles. He was one of four people living in the converted garage.

A 22-year-old man, believed to be the teen’s brother, was taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke exposure and was in good condition, Humphrey said.

One person was in police custody, according Los Angeles Police Department Officer Tony Im, who said the fatality was under investigation by Robbery-Homicide Division detectives. Devin Simmons, who also lived in garage, told reporters at the scene that a female roommate was acting erratically earlier and set the fire.

“An evil person set fire to the house for no apparent reason,” Simmons told ABC7.

Neighbors said the house adjacent to the detached garage, and possibly the garage itself, was being used as a sober-living home.

–City News Service

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