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Human remains found in Mount Washington home three months after fire

LAFD photo taken October 2016 by Harry Garvin

MOUNT WASHINGTON —  A demolition contractor found what appear to be human remains in the ruins of a giant hillside home that was destroyed by fire in October, the L.A. Fire Department said today.

Crews, assisted by two large cranes and cadaver dogs, spent a week following the Oct. 20 fire trying to find the remains of the elderly man who is believed to have perished in the blaze in the 4000 block of Sea View Avenue.  But the LAFD crews turned up empty handed and called off their recovery efforts for the man, who is believed to be the owner of  the 9,100-square-foot home.

Today, in a statement, the LAFD said that it “will now assist Police and Coroner’s officials as needed in the recovery effort and ongoing investigation.” No further details were available.

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