EAST RANCHO DOMINGUEZ (CBSLA.com) — The bodies of two people, believed to be a mother and her teenage daughter, were discovered Monday in the rubble of a structure fire in East Rancho Dominguez.
The fire broke out around 2 a.m. at a two-story, 5,000-square-foot commercial building — which included an apartment — in the 4300 block of East Compton Boulevard, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.
“This building was pack rat-like conditions. This is a mechanic shop with a loft space up above,” Inspector Scott Miller told KNX 1070.
According to officials, seven family members were inside the apartment when the fire started.
A father and four children were safely located by firefighters, however, authorities said his wife and daughter were unaccounted for.
The Coroner has not released the identity of the victims, saying only that they were discovered near each other in the back of the building.
The fire was extinguished around 3:24 a.m.
A firefighter was hospitalized with a knee injury.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.