West Covina House a Total Loss After Fire

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Firefighters battle a blaze at a house in West Covina early Wednesday.

A fire destroyed a West Covina home early Wednesday, displacing the seven people who lived there, authorities said.

Los Angeles County and West Covina firefighters responded about 12:30 a.m. to a house in the 1900 block of East Eckerman Avenue, where they found the roof engulfed in flames.

The blaze was knocked down about thirty minutes after firefighters arrived, authorities said.

An elderly man in a motorized wheelchair said he was a resident of the house and that he would not have escaped the fire had it not been for his roommates.

Another resident was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. The condition of that person was not immediately known.

Two dogs that lived in the house were unharmed.

Red Cross officials were called to the scene to assist with housing for the residents of the house, which appeared to be a total loss.

The location was initially considered a crime scene, police said, until firefighters extinguished the blaze and entered the home.

Police had previously been called several times to the house, which reportedly served as an unofficial halfway house.

An investigation was underway to determine the cause of the fire.

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