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At Least 1 Person Confirmed Dead in Fire at 2-Story Commercial Building in Westlake

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At least one person was found dead and several others had to be rescued by firefighters battling a blaze at a vacant two-story office building in the Westlake area on Monday evening.

The fire was reported around 7 p.m. in the 2400 block of W. Eighth Street, Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

An estimated 145 firefighters were called in to battle the blaze, according to Humphrey.

At least one person was found dead at the scene, he stated, adding that several other people were rescued by firefighters.

Humphrey stated that the victims appeared to be “unauthorized occupants” of the building.

One person was taken into custody at the scene, according to Lt. Michael Mabie with the Los Angeles Police Department.

The fire was officially called a “knockdown” just before 9:30 p.m.