Body Found After Fire Ignites at Middle School in Northridge

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Police and firefighters responded to a middle school in Northridge where a body was discovered on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

An investigation was underway Monday into the discovery of a burned body that was found after a fire broke out at a middle school in Northridge.

Fire crews responded to an emergency call regarding a rubbish fire at Alfred Bernhard Nobel Middle School in the 19300 block of Lassen Street (map) just before 7 a.m., according to Los Angeles Fire Department Spokesman Peter Sanders.

The body was discovered in a brush area on school property after firefighters doused a blaze that burned a number of trees and spread to some nearby rubbish, Sanders said during a news conference.

Due to extensive burns on the body, officials were unable to immediately determine the age or gender, Sanders said.

Police had not received any missing persons reports as of Monday morning, Barry Montgomery of the Los Angeles Police Department said at the news conference. “At this time it is truly and unknown person,” Montgomery said.

The death and the cause of the fire were under investigation, according to Sanders.

The school was not impacted by the investigation, Myra Arriaga of the Los Angeles Unified School District said.