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Child dies in house fire in unincorporated area near Compton

October 6, 2011 |  5:57 pm

 Two Children Die in House Fire in Compton

This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details.

A child died Thursday afternoon after a fire tore through a home in an unincorporated area near Compton.

The child was taken from the two-story home in the 800 block of East Lennon Street to a hospital and pronounced dead by medical personnel, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

"We don't know if any adults were home," Inspector Don Kunitomi told The Times.

He said the age and gender of the child had not been determined.

Flames and smoke were visible when the first fire engine arrived about 4:30 p.m. The cause was under investigation.

[For the record, 7:06 p.m. Oct. 6: An earlier version of this post incorrectly reported that two children had died, due to miscommunication between Los Angeles County Fire Department officials.]

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