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84-year-old man unaccounted for in Mount Washington house fire

L.A. Fire Department

L.A. Fire Department

BY LUCY GUANUNA

MOUNT WASHINGTON — Firefighters continue to search for a missing 84-year-old man in the aftermath of a Thursday night fire  that engulfed a large hillside home, the L.A. Fire Department said.

The elderly owner of the three-level property ran back into his room as the fire tore through the home, where as many as 15 tenants lived, reported the L.A. Times.

All persons are accounted for except the elderly man. One resident, a 74-year-old woman, was taken to the hospital in fair condition to be treated for smoke inhalation, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The fire at 4057 Sea View Avenue. was reported around 8:30 p.m. An explosion was heard coming from the home at about 9:15 p.m., the Times reported.

It took 143 firefighters, assisted by water-dropping helicopters, about three hours  to put out the blaze.  But firefighters have remained overnight to monitor flare ups and stabilize the 9,111 square foot home, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

A fire investigation will continue throughout the day.

Lucy Guanuna is a freelance reporter who has covered a variety of issues, including business, education and social justice movements in her native Los Angeles. Her work has been published in the Daily Sundial, L.A. Activist, and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

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