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Hit-and-run driver crashes into Panorama City home

June 25, 2011 | 12:01 pm

A home in Panorama City sustained major fire damage early Saturday morning after a hit-and-run driver crashed into its living room, authorities said.

The 1988 blue Oldsmobile sedan slammed into the front of the one-story house in the middle of the 7800 block of Ranchito Avenue, Los Angeles Police Sgt. David Mascarenas said.

The car came to rest inside the home and sparked a fire that set two rooms ablaze and burned their entire contents, he said. Witnesses in the neighborhood gave descriptions of the fleeing suspect, which police are attempting to verify.

“Our investigation hasn’t concluded that there’s any kind of connection with the driver or the people in the house,” Mascarenas said. “We don’t know if [the cause] was intoxication or sleep deprivation or a medical condition –- we haven’t verified any of that yet.”

Two people were inside the residence at the time of the crash, but were not injured, Mascarenas said.

Nearly three dozen firefighters responded, knocking down the blaze in 15 minutes, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said.

Authorities had no suspects in custody.


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