LA TUNA CANYON - Los Angeles Fire and Police Investigators are seeking the cause of a fire in La Tuna Canyon early Thursday morning, in which a man was found dead.
Just before 3:00 AM scores of firefighters responded to 8300 West La Tuna Canyon Road to find a 20' x 30' area of thick tall brush burning on a steep hillside in La Tuna Canyon Park, an open space preserve overseen by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.
Due to the aggressive attack of first arriving firefighters, under the direction of Battalion Chief Randy Beaty, the flames were quickly extinguished before spreading.
However, during fire attack, firefighters discovered the remains of an adult male burned in the base of a steep ravine near the entrance of the West trail. Beyond medical help, he was declared deceased at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
This incident is under active investigation by LAFD Arson Counter Terrorism Section and LAPD Foothill Division. 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.
Dispatched Units: E274 T74 E24 E89 T89 E289 E98 T98 E298 E7 DC3 H0C H0D BC12 BC14 BC10 E60 E77 H1 H3 H6 E90 RA74 WT77 RA77 RA77 RA74 AR2 AR12 AR17
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department