Human remains found at Mt. Washington house fire*

Fire photo taken from Avenue 46 | Todd Frankel

Firefighters tonight have found the human remains believed to be those of an elderly man who lived in a Mt. Washington home that was engulfed in flames tonight, according to an early report from the L.A. Fire Department. The remains were discovered after  firefighters knocked down the blaze at about 10:30 p.m. in the one-story home in the 500 block of W Avenue 44. No further details were available at this time.

* Update: KTLA reports that the victim, who was living in pack rat conditions,  was believed to be in his 90s and a World War II veteran.

YouTube video by Beau Daignault was shot from across the Arroyo Seco

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  1. I find the addition of KTLA’s phrase “who was living in pack rat conditions” to be disrespectful. The implication is “…so he deserved to die.”

    • I don’t see that at all; I think they’re simply trying to provide an explanation of how the fire may have started.

    • I’ve heard this term with many other descriptions of house fires. Pack rat conditions. I think it’s a political term that comes from the Fire Dept., and the news just repeats it. It brings up visions of scenes from a Hoarders TV show, and kind of justifies why the home(s) burn to the ground. After thinking about why they would denigrate the residents of the home by using this description, I ask myself, who benefits from this description?

      Here’s what I believe. I think the Fire Dept. is firstly concerned with saving lives, then with stopping the fire from spreading to other homes. Saving the home is not the priority, but many people think it is! So, to allay charges that the Fire Dept didn’t do enough to save the home… “Pack Rat Conditions”. giving the public the feeling that it’s the hoarder’s fault the home burned to the ground! Damn Hoarders! They probably had rats too!

  2. His name was Frank…….he was an honorable man, and he lost his life.. There is no info as yet, how the fire started…..


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