A 73-year-old woman was found dead inside a Granada Hills home after firefighters extinguished a fire that engulfed the one-story structure early Saturday morning, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
The home's roof partially collapsed as 71 firefighters worked, maneuvering through piles of furniture that the department said slowed down firefighting efforts.
“This was the worse excessive storage home fire that I have seen," LAFD Capt. Erik Scott said. "Firefighters literally had to build their own paths to get inside and out.”
The fire was reported in the 10400 block of North Densmore Avenue at about 5:30 a.m., and firefighters searched for people inside the home for hours, according to LAFD.
The woman's body was ultimately found inside the home at about 8 a.m. Authorities did not provide information on how she died.
Flames were extinguished on the ground floor, as well as in the attic and in the basement shortly before 7 a.m., according to LAFD.
Video from the scene shows large flames ripping through the home and thick smoke billowing over the residential street as firefighters worked, spraying water on the blaze.
It's unknown what ignited the fire and no further details were immediately available.