MOUNT WASHINGTON (CBSLA.com) — A man found dead Friday inside a fire-ravaged Mount Washington home was identified by relatives as an 89-year-old World War II hero.

The resident was allegedly found after firefighters extinguished a blaze around 10 p.m. Friday in the 500 block of West Avenue 44.

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A car in the driveway was also destroyed.

It took firefighters around 40 minutes to extinguish the blaze.

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Crews went inside and found the body of Francisco Hernandez, according to relatives.

Hernandez took park in the Normandy invasion in World War II, staying in a foxhole for a week after coming ashore. He was awarded a Purple Heart for suffering a gunshot wound to his leg, Hernandez’s niece Maya Hoo told the Los Angeles Times.

Officials have not yet detailed what started the fire.

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