MOUNT WASHINGTON — The L.A. Fire Department this afternoon halted a week-long search for the remains of an elderly man who is believed to have perished in a residential fire in the 4000 block of Sea View Avenue.
The fire department had brought in two heavy cranes and deployed cadaver dogs numerous times as part of what was described as a “painstaking and methodical search” through the rubble of the approximately 9,100-square-foot home, which descends three levels down a hillside. But the LAFD crews turned up empty handed and called off their recovery efforts to find the 84-year-old homeowner.
What happens now? The Department of Building and Safety has issued an order to demolish the home on Sea View Avenue, apparently with the man’s body still inside. “If during future demolition operations any remains are discovered, the LAFD and Coroner’s Office will respond back to the scene for recovery operations,” the fire department said in a statement.
The elderly owner of the large home ran back into his room as the Oct. 20 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 home is in foreclosure, according to Redfin.
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