WESTCHESTER (CBSLA) – A 30-year-old man believed to be homeless was found dead in a fire that broke out at a vacant Westchester fourplex early Tuesday morning, less than a mile from Los Angeles International Airport.
The fire was reported at 5:45 a.m. in a vacant two-story fourplex in the 9000 block of South Ramsgate Avenue.
Los Angeles Fire Department crews responded to find a man dead inside the building.
“They quickly pulled an approximate 30-year-old male out to the rear of the structure to render immediate medical aid,” LAFD Capt. Erik Scott told reporters. “Tragically, he was beyond any medical help and was pronounced dead on scene.”
The victim was likely a homeless man who was squatting in the building, Scott said. His name was not immediately confirmed.
Firefighters had to cut out the plywood in the boarded up windows to let out the smoke. It took crews about 30 minutes to put out the flames.
Neighbors told CBS2 people break into vacant buildings along the block on a regular basis.
“There’s just random people that always come in and out, throughout the night I hear people trying to get in,” resident Thomas Zepeda told CBS2.
The cause of the fire and the cause of the man’s death are under investigation.