WESTCHESTER (CNS) - A 63-year-old man who typically spent time in a tent adjacent to a single-family house in Westchester died in a fire in the tent, and an investigation was underway, authorities said today.
Firefighters responded at 11:43 p.m. Wednesday to the 8300 block of Stewart Avenue, near Loyola Marymount University. According to Margaret Stewart of Los Angeles Fire Department, they found a vinyl carport-style tent well involved and a yard with excessive storage conditions and heavy fire.
Firefighters were told the man lived at the home but often spent time in the tent, CBS-LA reported. His name was not immediately released.
Firefighters found the man “beyond medical help,'' Stewart said. He was declared dead at the scene.
Per LAFD protocol when there is a death, arson investigators were called.
Twenty-six firefighters extinguished the blaze in 17 minutes, preventing it from extending to the exposed garage and house, according to Stewart.
No further details were available.
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