BALDWIN HILLS - Los Angeles Fire and Police Investigators are seeking the cause of a Baldwin Hills area fire Sunday morning, in which a man was found dead.
Security officers at the gated Cameo Woods condominium complex near Baldwin Hills first reported the fire at 11:45 AM on October 9, 2011, bringing a swift response by the Los Angeles Fire Department.
LAFD crews quickly navigated the 27 acre complex to find smoke showing from one downstairs unit of a two-story residential fouplex at 5823 Bowcroft Street. A well coordinated effort by 48 Los Angeles Firefighters confined the fire to the unit of origin. They extinguished the blaze in just 17 minutes.
During fire attack, firefighters discovered the remains of an adult male within the burning structure. Beyond medical help, he was declared deceased at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
According to Battalion Chief Robert Nelson, "the home was fitted with a smoke alarm, which was functioning at the time of fire". He added there were no security doors, window security bars or obvious non-fire factors to impede the man's egress. The 62-year old dwelling was not equipped with residential fire sprinklers.
A positive identification of the deceased man to include his age, as well as the cause, time and manner of his death, will be determined by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.
Monetary loss from the fire is still being tabulated.
Dispatched Units: E294 T94 RA894 RA43 E58 E68 E34 E292 T92 EM2 BC18 BC11 E29 RA94 EM14 AR2 AR11 AR39 AR7 RA94 T94 E294
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department