A man was sent in critical condition to an area hospital Saturday, suffering from burns sustained during a fire at a two-story vacant/ and boarded-up home in East Hollywood that contained evidence of a homeless encampment and was the site of a previous burn.

Firefighters dispatched at 6:56 a.m. to the 4800 block of West Melrose Avenue doused the blaze at a home built in 1913 by 7:08 a.m., Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

“A severely burned adult male civilian was encountered outside the home on LAFD arrival,’ Humphrey said. “He was transported to an area burn center in critical condition. No other injuries were reported.’

Although the premises looked as if it was a homeless camp, the cause of the fire remains under investigation, Humphrey said.

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