A 52-year-old man was killed in a Sunland house fire early Friday, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The blaze was reported about 4:15 a.m. at 8536 W. Wyngate St.
A 51-year-old woman who also lived in the home was awakened by smoke in the 1,045 square-foot home and called 911 and she got out, fire department officials said in an alert.
Responding firefighters extinguished the blaze in about 20 minutes and the victim was found dead.
The home suffered heavy fire damage, and fire officials did not find a functioning smoke alarm inside. The home, which was built in 1952, was also not equipped with sprinklers, officials said.
The woman suffered minor smoke inhalation and was treated at the scene.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, firefighters were still at the scene at 11:30 a.m.
Capt. Erik Scott reminded residents of the importance of having a functioning smoke alarm.
“You need to have a functioning smoke alarm to give you the early detection to get out and stay out,” Scott said.
The victim has not been identified, but neighbors said he was well-liked, and known for his festive Halloween decorations.
“We’re all very surprised and shocked,” neighbor Don Davies. “That is really sad, I’m sorry to hear that.”