Man Found Dead After Fire Rips Through Converted Garage at Van Nuys Home; 1 Injured

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A man was found dead Sunday morning after a fire ripped through a converted garage at a home in Van Nuys, officials said.

Firefighters work to extinguish a house fire in Van Nuys on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. (Credit: Loudlabs)

Firefighters work to extinguish a house fire in Van Nuys on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. (Credit: Loudlabs)

Firefighters responded to a 911 caller's report of flames in the detached structure, in the 14200 block of Victory Boulevard, at 4:35 a.m., according to a statement from the Los Angeles Fire Department. The garage was being used as living quarters behind a single-story house.

The blaze was threatening a nearby row of bungalows and a travel trailer occupied by two people, the news release said.

Twenty-eight firefighters extinguished the flames within 13 minutes, after which a man's body was found inside the garage, the LAFD said. According to officials, a man who lives nearby had attempted to rescue the victim before Fire Department personnel arrived at the scene.

Intense flames forced the good Samaritan to retreat, the statement said, and he was later transported to a hospital in good condition after suffering smoke inhalation and minor burns to his arms.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation.