Los Angeles firefighters discovered a dead man as they battled a fire at an apartment complex in Hollywood Thursday morning.
The fire at 5555 Harold Way was reported by the Los Angeles Fire Department at 8:49 a.m., and though it was extinguished in 24 minutes by 52 firefighters, a man’s body was found in the unit where the blaze began.
The burned unit, located on the second floor of the four-story complex, was the only one affected, firefighters said.
Andrew Gutierrez, who lives in the second floor apartment that burned, was not home at the time, but fears it was his roommate who died in the blaze. He said he is hoping that’s not the case, but that he’s preparing himself for the worst.
Gutierrez told KTLA his roommate was generous and that he opened his home to friends, or even homeless people, in need. At any given time, several people, were often staying with them.
“He always took care of whoever he could, with whatever he could,” Gutierrez said of his roommate.
The man’s cause of death has not yet been determined, and no one else was injured.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
“At this point there is nothing suspicious about it, but again it’s preliminary,” LAFD Captain Erik Scott told KTLA. “It’s an ongoing, active investigation that our best of the best arson investigators working with LAPD are going to determine what the cause is, but that’s going to take time.”