Man, Pet Dog Killed in House Fire in North Hills

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NORTH HILLS, Calif. (KTLA) — A man and his pet dog were killed in a house fire in North Hills on Thursday night, authorities said.

The blaze was reported just after 9 p.m. in the 16300 block of Plummer Street, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find a one-story house fully involved in flames, with smoke coming from front window, LAFD spokesman Eric Scott said in a news release.


Deadly house fire in North Hills

Fire attack teams entered through the front door, and additional firefighters worked to cut ventilation holes in the roof.

A total of 52 firefighters put out the blaze in about 23 minutes, according to Scott.

After the fire was extinguished, firefighters found the remains of an adult man in the dining room area. He was declared dead at the scene.

A pet dog was also found dead in the master bedroom.

A trailer and motor home in the backyard were damaged, and a neighboring house was also exposed to heat and flames.

No other injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

There were pat-rack conditions inside the 58-year-old home due to excessive storage, authorities said.

It was not immediately known if the house was equipped with smoke alarms. There were no residential fire sprinklers, according to the LAFD.

The victim’s identity as well as the cause of death would be determined by the coroner’s office, officials said.

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