Man, Dog Found Dead In Ashes Of North Hills House Fire

NORTH HILLS  (CBSLA.com) — Arson investigators were at a house Friday in North Hills where a fire reportedly killed an 81-year-old man and his dog.

The fire was reported just after 9 p.m. Thursday, according to LAFD spokesman Erik Scott.

When crews arrived to a house, in the 16000 block of Plummer Street, completely engulfed in flames. Officials said the residence had pack-rat conditions.

Officials reported a $300,000 loss to home and property.

A motor home and trailer in the backyard was also damaged by flames and heat, according to Scott.

Firefighters also had to contend with some downed live power lines that could be seen arcing in the rear of the structure. DWP was requested to assist.

After the fire was extinguished, in less than 25 minutes, Scott said the body of an adult male was found badly burned in the dining room.

The man was identified as Donald Worthen, said Coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.

The man’s pet dog was found dead in a bedroom.

No other injuries were reported.

Investigators are looking into whether the fire was an act of arson.

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