Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters and department Urban Search & Rescue experts will return Tuesday morning to a 110-year-old hillside house in Eagle Rock destroyed by fire to search for a man neighbors and relatives said sometimes lives at the home and was not immediately located after the fire was extinguished.
The Oak Grove Fire broke out about 5:45 p.m. Monday at the two-story home in the 1100 block of West Oak Grove Drive, one block west of Figueroa Street, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Nearby vegetation ignited, but the department reported at 6:30 p.m. there was no threat of a wildfire.
An hour later, the vegetation fire was extinguished, but over 100 firefighters were still conducting defensive firefighting operations at the house, which “largely collapsed,” Humphrey said.
By 7:45 p.m., fire crews extinguished the fire, and no firefighters were injured, according to Humphrey.
Neighbors and relatives told firefighters an older man sometimes lives at the home and he could not be located, Humphrey said, adding a comprehensive search of the structure will be conducted Tuesday morning. An exact time for the search was not disclosed.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.