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Fire engulfs Mount Washington home; 84-year-old man unaccounted for [updated]

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MOUNT WASHINGTON — More than 100 firefighters assisted by water-dropping helicopters are battling a fire tonight that engulfed a large home in the 4000 block of Sea View Avenue.

One 74-year-old woman was in fair condition but four persons were unaccounted for, the L.A. Fire Department said on Twitter at 9:26 p.m.

Update @11:46 pm:  Only one person – an 84-year-old male – is now the only person believed to be missing, the LAFD said on Twitter.  Fire is mostly out but fire crews will remain overnight to deal with hot spots and help stabilize the home. Cause of fire remains under  investigation.

A resident of the home interviewed by KTLA said what sounded like a large explosion took place as the fire broke out. The man said he warned the 84-year-old owner to get out. Instead, the elderly man ran into his bedroom.

Update @ 10: 50 p.m.:  LAFD says the firefight continues on three floors of the heavily damaged, 9,111-square-foot home. So far there has been only one injury reported, and the search continues for only 1 unaccounted person.

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