Man Found Dead in Pico Rivera Nail Salon Fire That Left Woman Severely Burned

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A woman was critically injured when a fire tore through a Pico Rivera strip mall on Nov. 13, 2019. (Credit: Los Angeles County Fire Department)

A woman was critically injured when a fire tore through a Pico Rivera strip mall on Nov. 13, 2019. (Credit: Los Angeles County Fire Department)

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A man was found dead and a woman suffered severe burns after a fire broke out at a nail salon in a strip mall along Whittier Boulevard in Pico Rivera on Wednesday night, authorities said.

The fire was first reported just after 8 p.m. in the 9300 block of East Whittier Boulevard, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Miguel Ornelas told KTLA.

Firefighters found a building “fully involved” with flames, he said. Flames engulfed one unit, later determined to be a nail salon, and made their way into a shared attic, officials said.

Shortly after firefighters arrived, a woman was transported to the hospital in critical condition with second- and third-degree burns to 70 percent of her body, fire Inspector Sky Cornell said.

Firefighters declared the blaze extinguished just after 9 p.m. Then, shortly after midnight, a body was found in a crawl space. That victim was determined to be an approximately 45-year-old man who suffered first and second-degree burns to his face and neck, as well as smoke inhalation, Cornell said.

A man and a firefighter were also treated at the scene for injuries described as minor.

Investigators believe an employee spilled some type of product in a break room and it caught fire, Sheriff’s Department Deputy Tracy Koerner said.

The incident is being investigated as an accident and was not deemed suspicious, Koerner said.

KTLA’s Matt Phillips contributed to this report.

Correction: An earlier version of this story confused the victims and incorrectly stated that a woman died. In fact, a man died and a woman was hospitalized, as indicated in the updated story.

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