Man Killed in South L.A. House Fire Burned Beyond Recognition

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The body of a man who died during a house fire in South L.A. may not be identified until Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.


Investigators try to determine the cause of a house fire in South L.A. March 22, 2014 that killed one person. (Credit: Loudlabs)

Firefighters responded after a blaze broke out at a single-story home in the 300 block of East 106th Street around 10:40 p.m. Saturday, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main said at the time.

The fire was extinguished in about 9 minutes, according to authorities.

“It wasn’t very large, but it was substantial enough to cause damage inside, and unfortunately it took the life of the individual inside the home,” said David Liske, a senior arson investigator with the LAFD.

The man’s body was burned beyond recognition and dental records will be used to ID him, said Lt. Fred Corral with the L.A. County coroner’s office.

Investigators have classified the death as “suspicious,” according to LAFD Capt. Jaime Moore.

“We list it as suspicious until we have determination to lead us one way or the other,” Moore said. “So it’s very common for us to be working with the Los Angeles Police Department detectives on cases like this.”

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