Four Los Angeles police officers were treated for smoke inhalation and another victim in critical condition is expected to survive after a fire broke out at a Sylmar home with pack-rat conditions Tuesday night, officials said.
The police officers were initially reported as injured and the resident was reported in critical condition on Tuesday night before the Los Angeles Police Department Tweeted updated conditions on everyone Wednesday morning.
The one-story house on the 13600 block of Brussels Avenue was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at about 8:50 p.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department said in an alert.
Fire officials described the residence as being "filled with excessive personal storage." It took more than 40 firefighters about half an hour to extinguish the heavy flames.
A man was found outside the home in critical condition with smoke inhalation and was transported to nearby hospital, firefighters said. Neighbors described the man as an older widower who lives in the home alone with a cat.
The injured police officers may have rescued him from the burning home, LAFD said.
The four officers were also taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation, LAPD Officer Drake Madison confirmed, but he could not release further details on their involvement in the incident.
According to neighbors, the officers were three men and one woman.
Authorities are now looking into what caused the fire and assessing the damage.
No further details were immediately available.
KTLA's Wes Woods II contributed to this story.