HAWTHORNE, Calif. (KTLA) — An investigation is underway into a deadly house fire in Hawthorne.
The blaze was reported around 6:15 a.m. Tuesday in the 13400 block of South Cerise Avenue.
The fire was contained to the single home, and was declared a knockdown at 6:26 a.m.
After the flames were extinguished, firefighters found an adult male deceased inside the home.
A woman in her 50s was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.
Neighbors say a brother and sister moved into the home just weeks ago and were renting the place.
The man who died was reportedly a double amputee in his 70s.
Four dogs were also killed in the blaze, according to L.A. County Fire officials.
Authorities said it did not appear that the house had working smoke detectors.
“If those smoke detectors were in place it probably would have saved some lives,” said Inspector Quovondo Johnson of the LAFD.
The cause of the fire is now under investigation. It’s not clear where in the house the fire started.