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Elderly Man Found Dead In Burning Highland Park Home With Packrat Conditions

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HIGHLAND PARK (CBS)  —  Officials say an elderly man was found dead inside a Highland Park home as firefighters battled a blaze inside the structure Friday evening.

 The blaze at 4920 E. Stratford Road, near Occidental College, broke out for unknown reasons but officials said the home had “packrat conditions.”

The fire broke out just before 5 p.m., said Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

“The structure was fully involved with flames through the roof,” Scott said, adding that the Urban Search and Rescue team would have to check the building for stability.

The man’s name was not released pending notification of his next of kin.

With 41 firefighters on the scene, the blaze was out in 22 minutes. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

(©2010 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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