A 73-year-old woman was found dead inside an East Hollywood apartment Saturday afternoon as firefighters extinguished a blaze at the home, fire officials said.
Shortly after 12:30 p.m., firefighters responded to a report of a person trapped in a two-story building in the 1500 block of North Hobart Boulevard, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott. They arrived to find smoke billowing from the structure, whose smoke alarms were sounding, and “an aggressive fire attack ensued,” Scott said.
The sole resident of the apartment was found unconscious on the kitchen floor, according to the Fire Department. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Thirty-two LAFD personnel ultimately responded to the blaze, which was knocked down within 11 minutes, the agency said.
The deceased woman was not immediately identified, and her cause of death was unknown. She was initially described as “elderly” in an LAFD news alert. The agency later specified her age at 73 in an updated statement.
Members of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Crisis Response Team responded to the scene.
The Fire Department’s Arson Section was investigating the cause of the fire. The monetary loss incurred in the incident was being calculated.