A man’s body was found inside a fire-damaged home in Sylmar, authorities said Saturday morning.
Neighbors heard one or more smoke alarms at 10:50 p.m. Friday and called the Los Angeles Fire Department, which responded to the 13200 block of Tripoli Avenue and located heavy fire in the back of the home, according to LAFD’s Brian Humphrey.
A crew of 35 firefighters extinguished the blaze in the 1,252-square-foot-home in just 21 minutes, then conducted a search of the badly damaged home and discovered the man’s body, Humphrey said. He was believed to be the only person who lived in the home, which was equipped with smoke alarms, but not optional residential fire sprinklers.
The name of the victim, along with the time and cause of death would be determined by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office, Humphrey said.
Volunteers from the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team were deployed to assist neighbors and family at the scene in coping with the tragedy, Humphrey said.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.