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.READ MORE: Search For Missing Mother Heidi Planck Leads To Chiquita Canyon Landfill In Castaic
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.READ MORE: Grandmother, 4 Children Shot And Killed In Lancaster Home; Father Germarcus David Arrested
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.MORE NEWS: Kim Fields Hopes 'Adventures In Christmasing' Inspires People To Come Out Of Their Comfort Zone
Damage was estimated at $30,000.