Firefighters continue to search ruins for Mount Washington man

LAFD Photo | Harry Garvin

LAFD Photo by Harry Garvin

MOUNT WASHINGTON — It has been nearly a week since fire destroyed a giant home on Sea View Avenue. But firefighters have remained on the scene as they meticulously comb through the rubble in search of the body of the 84-year-old homeowner who is presumed to have died in the fire.  Now,  crews are working ahead of a storm  expected to hit by Friday.

Streets have remained blocked off and two giant cranes are being used to help clear the rubble of the approximately 9,100-square-foot home, which descends three levels down a hillside. Rescue dogs are assisting with the search of human remains.

“It’s a long and laborious process,” said L.A, Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. “We feel ethically bound to see that his remains his are recovered. We simply can’t walk away until there is no hope.”

Humphrey said that the department is trying to bring the search to a “conclusion before the storm.”

LAFD Photo by Harry Garvin

LAFD Photo by Harry Garvin

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  1. According to a neighbor, a tenant who lived at that home was caught siphoning gas from cars and storing it in jugs in the house a few months back.

  2. This is very sad. Condolences to the man’s family and friends, and thanks as always to LAFD for their tireless efforts.

  3. Still interested in finding out why 15 people were living there.

    • @Skeeter – agreed. Such a sad story. I notice in the Zillow listing there is handicapped parking out front as well. I wonder what that is all about.

  4. Online info indicates that house was in default 4/28/15 and there was a foreclosure auction scheduled 10/12/16.
    The LAFD and cadaver dogs are working hard to find his body. Sad story all the way around.

  5. It was a sketchy house wtih sketchy people living inside.

    Have they found out the reason the fire started the night after they were all moving out?!

    The gas thing would explain why the fire kept raging much longer than normal

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