WINNETKA (CBSLA.com) — A man was found dead inside a charred garage following an early morning fire in the San Fernando Valley.

The fire was reported at 4 a.m. in the 7900 block of Sunnybrae Avenue in Winnetka, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

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It took more than 30 firefighters 17 minutes to extinguish the fire, which was burning in pack rat-like conditions.

“During a systematic search of the charred garage, sadly an adult male was found beyond medical help and was determined dead,” officials said in a statement.

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The 61-year-old victim’s identity was not released.

“In examining the fire’s aftermath, there was no immediate evidence of a functional smoke alarm within the garage,” authorities added.

LAFD arson investigations were trying to determine the cause of the fire.

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Damage was estimated at $30,000.