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Body found inside burning 'pack rat' home in Watts

March 7, 2011 |  9:40 am

Read more information on the surrounding area in Mapping L.A. One person was found dead Monday inside a burning Watts home in "pack rat conditions," an L.A. County  fire official said.

The fire broke out around 6:30 a.m. at the house in the 1600 block of East 115th Street, said Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

Both city and county firefighters responded and found flames and smoke billowing from the one-story, single-family home. It took 39 firefighters about 30 minutes to knock down the blaze, Humphrey said.

The victim, whose name was not released, was found just before 7 p.m. No other injuries were reported.

There did not appear to be any functional fire alarms inside the home, Humphrey said, and improperly installed window bars may have violated city fire codes.

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Image: Map shows location of fire in black. Credit: Mapping L.A.

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